Silver Airways, which claims to offer more flights to more cities within Florida than any other carrier, is boosting its intra-Florida network by launching daily Fort Lauderdale-Orlando and West Palm Beach-Tampa services on January 7.
Fort Lauderdale-headquartered Silver Airways will operate three round-trips each weekday and one daily round-trip on each weekend day between Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Silver Airways’ schedule for its Fort Lauderdale-Orlando route will see the carrier’s first flight of the weekday on the route, flight 3M 3991 (3M is Silver Airways’ two-character IATA flight code), leaving FLL at 7:30 a.m. each Monday through Saturday from January 7 and arriving at MCO at 8:35 a.m.
Its second FLL-MCO flight, 3M 3992, will depart FLL at 1:15 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and land at MCO at 2:20 p.m. The third flight, 3M 3994, is timed to begin taxiing at FLL at 4:20 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays in order to reach MCO at 5:25 p.m.
In the other direction, flight 3M 3991 (still bearing the same flight number as the inbound flight) is timed to leave MCO at 9:05 a.m. and get to FLL at 10:10 a.m. Flight 3M 3992 (also bearing the same flight number as the inbound flight) is scheduled to depart MCO at 11:40 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays and touch down at FLL at 12:45 p.m.
The last MCO-FLL flight each weekday, flight 3M 3995, departs MCO at 5:55 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays and gets to FLL at 7:00 p.m.
Silver Airways will operate two round-trips each weekday and one on each weekend day on the West Palm Beach-Tampa route.
Flight 3M 3993 is timed to depart Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) at 11:35 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays from January 7 and arrive at Tampa International Airport (TPA) at 12:35 p.m. Flight 3M 4002 is scheduled to leave PBI at 6:20 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays and reach TPA at 7:20 p.m.
In the other direction, flight 3M 3975 begins taxiing at TPA at 7:00 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, in order to make an 8:00 a.m. arrival at PBI. Flight 3M 3980 departs TPA at 1:35 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays and reaches PBI at 2:35 p.m.
“For our customers in Florida, the continued expansion of our intra-state network presents a convenient, cost-effective alternative to driving benefiting both business and leisure travelers,” says Darrell Richardson, CEO of Silver Airways. “We’re proud to be the number one carrier in our home state, and look forward to serving even more of Florida in the months to come.”
According to Silver Airways, while both new routes carry tremendous potential to boost the leisure market, the West Palm Beach flights are also particularly well-positioned for business travel, because the services continue on to Tallahassee after making stops at Tampa.
“If your business regularly takes you between West Palm Beach and Tallahassee, you’re going to love our new flights,” says Richardson. “Driving between the two cities takes close to seven hours, but with our new service through Tampa you can make the trip in 2 hours and 35 minutes. Business travelers save time and money, travel more comfortably and can maximize their productivity by getting work done in-flight.”
Silver Airways will deploy 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprop regional airliners on its new Florida routes. The regional airline currently operates a total of 12 routes connecting 10 airports in Florida. The two new routes will bring the number of intra-Florida routes it operates to 14 in January 2013.
Its Florida gateways are Fort Lauderdale; Fort Myers; Gainesville (where Silver Airways’ main maintenance base is located); Jacksonville; Key West; Orlando; Pensacola; Tallahassee; Tampa; and West Palm Beach.
According to Silver Airways, it is the largest carrier in the State of Florida in terms of the number of destinations it serves and flights it operates within the state, now at 428 per-week for the 12 current intra-Florida routes. The two new routes will add another 78 flights per week, pushing the total to 506.
For Silver Airways reservations and more information, visit www.gosilver.com, or call, toll-free, 1 800-864-8331.