In the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and a sharp drop in passenger air vacation, Greenville-Spartanburg Intercontinental Airport announced on Tuesday the addition of a new airline presenting nonstop provider to three Florida places.
Florida-primarily based Silver Airways will start out supplying nonstop services to Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville beginning March 18.
“Over the earlier 10 months, airways and airports throughout the country, like GSP and Silver, have manufactured major investments in their services, groups and techniques to make certain the wellness and basic safety of air travel,” GSP President and CEO Dave Edwards stated.
“We know that this will be well-been given, specially in these unprecedented and difficult instances that have been recognized by our airline partners.”
The information, delivered in the course of a transient ceremony at the airport terminal, arrives significantly less than 4 months considering the fact that GSP introduced Southwest Airlines would start out nonstop support to Houston starting up Nov. 5.
Last calendar year, GSP observed a 59.2 per cent decline in passenger air travel from 2019. There were being 1,065,499 travellers in 2020 compared to a report 2,612,236 travellers in 2019.
Edwards attributed the passenger air decline to the coronavirus outbreak final March, the thirty day period when airport officials started to see a sharp and continuous decline.
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In excess of the past 10 months, the airport has extra increased cleansing and sanitation plastic shields have been additional, and ground markings put to preserve travellers socially distanced.
“As we continue on our driven restoration, I want to thank GSP’s travellers, our company companions and our personnel for their committed endeavours to make certain that our region is ready for takeoff,” Edwards reported.
To entice travellers, Silver Airways spokeswoman Angelia Hanne explained 1-way fares commencing at $59 are remaining offered to these who e-book nonstop flights to Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.
Silver Airways also features flights to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
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Support to Orlando and Tampa will operate 2 times weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, and flights to Jacksonville will function Mondays and Fridays starting March 18.
Users of United’s MileagePlus and JetBlue’s loyalty packages will generate regular flyer awards for journey in the course of Silver’s community.
Flights will function on a new fleet of 46- and 70-seat ATR twin-engine turboprop aircraft.
Started in 1988, Silver Aircraft has 467 staff members and is owned by Versa Cash Management LLC, a Philadelphia-based mostly non-public fairness investment agency.
It is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, with a servicing facility based at Orlando Intercontinental Airport in Florida.
GSP is now served by six airways, which includes Silver Airways, Southwest, Allegiant, American, Delta and United.
The airport offers flights to Atlanta, Baltimore, Ft. Lauderdale, Orland, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worthy of, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Denver, Newark and Washington, D.C.