May 28, 2014
Jensen Werley, Jacksonville Business Journal
Silver Airways, a Ft. Lauderdale-based regional airline, announced Tuesday it will begin daily non-stop flights between Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale, starting Aug. 19.
Fliers can purchase one-way tickets for $79 between now and May 29 for flights between the Aug. 19 start date and Nov. 5.
Misty Pinson, director of corporate communications for Silver Airways, said the company is excited to offer the new flights to both business and leisure fliers.
"It's great for both," she said. "Business travelers can fly back and forth on the same day. For leisure travelers, they can avoid the hassle of driving, and for $79, it's cheaper."
She said Silver Airways decided to connect the flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Jacksonville because the city is both a destination for business potential and a hub of Northeast Florida, she said.
"Florida is our home. We have service in more cities in Florida than any other airline, and more service between Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas than any other airline," she said.
Debbie Jones, community relations administrator for Jacksonville Aviation Authority, said they are excited Silver Airways is expanding its Jacksonville services.
"We're really pleased that they have the confidence in the market that they want to expand their operation here in Jacksonville," she said.
She said the aviation authority is prepared for the additional flights.
"Absolutely, we're ready for them," she said. "We always welcome airlines to add flights."