In the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and a sharp fall in passenger air journey, Greenville-Spartanburg Intercontinental Airport declared on Tuesday the addition of a new airline giving nonstop services to 3 Florida destinations.
Florida-centered Silver Airways will start presenting nonstop service to Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville commencing March 18.
“Over the past 10 months, airlines and airports throughout the nation, including GSP and Silver, have produced sizeable investments in their facilities, groups and strategies to be certain the well being and security of air journey,” GSP President and CEO Dave Edwards claimed.
“We know that this will be perfectly-received, notably in these unparalleled and hard occasions that have been found by our airline partners.”
The news, sent in the course of a quick ceremony at the airport terminal, will come significantly less than 4 months because GSP declared Southwest Airlines would start off nonstop service to Houston starting Nov. 5.
Final year, GSP observed a 59.2 p.c drop in passenger air travel from 2019. There had been 1,065,499 travellers in 2020 as opposed to a document 2,612,236 passengers in 2019.
Edwards attributed the passenger air decline to the coronavirus outbreak previous March, the month when airport officers started to see a sharp and continual decline.
In excess of the previous 10 months, the airport has included enhanced cleansing and sanitation plastic shields have been extra, and floor markings positioned to continue to keep travellers socially distanced.
“As we go on our driven recovery, I want to thank GSP’s passengers, our small business associates and our staff members for their dedicated initiatives to make certain that our location is completely ready for takeoff,” Edwards said.
To entice passengers, Silver Airways spokeswoman Angelia Hanne mentioned one-way fares setting up at $59 are currently being provided to all those who e book nonstop flights to Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.
Silver Airways also delivers flights to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Assistance to Orlando and Tampa will run twice 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 plans will make recurrent flyer awards for journey during Silver’s community.
Flights will run on a new fleet of 46- and 70-seat ATR twin-motor turboprop plane.
Established in 1988, Silver Aircraft has 467 workers and is owned by Versa Capital Administration LLC, a Philadelphia-dependent non-public equity expense organization.
It is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, with a upkeep facility centered at Orlando Worldwide Airport in Florida.
GSP is now served by six airlines, like Silver Airways, Southwest, Allegiant, American, Delta and United.
The airport delivers flights to Atlanta, Baltimore, Ft. Lauderdale, Orland, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Really worth, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Denver, Newark and Washington, D.C.