Within the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and a pointy drop in passenger air journey, Greenville-Spartanburg Worldwide Airport introduced on Tuesday the addition of a brand new airline providing nonstop service to 3 Florida locations.
Florida-based Silver Airways will start providing nonstop service to Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville starting March 18.
“Over the previous 10 months, airways and airports throughout the nation, together with GSP and Silver, have made vital investments of their services, groups and procedures to make sure the well being and security of air journey,” GSP President and CEO Dave Edwards mentioned.
“We all know that this will probably be well-received, significantly in these unprecedented and difficult instances which were observed by our airline companions.”
The information, delivered throughout a quick ceremony on the airport terminal, comes lower than 4 months since GSP introduced Southwest Airways would start nonstop service to Houston starting Nov. 5.
Final yr, GSP noticed a 59.2 p.c decline in passenger air journey from 2019. There have been 1,065,499 passengers in 2020 in comparison with a file 2,612,236 passengers in 2019.
Edwards attributed the passenger air decline to the coronavirus outbreak final March, the month when airport officers started to see a pointy and regular decline.
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Over the previous 10 months, the airport has added elevated cleansing and sanitation; plastic shields have been added, and floor markings positioned to maintain passengers socially distanced.
“As we proceed our pushed restoration, I wish to thank GSP’s passengers, our enterprise companions and our staff for his or her devoted efforts to make sure that our area is prepared for takeoff,” Edwards mentioned.
To entice passengers, Silver Airways spokeswoman Angelia Hanne mentioned one-way fares beginning at $59 are being supplied to those that guide nonstop flights to Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.
Silver Airways additionally provides flights to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Service to Orlando and Tampa will function twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, and flights to Jacksonville will function Mondays and Fridays starting March 18.
Members of United’s MileagePlus and JetBlue’s loyalty packages will earn frequent flyer awards for journey all through Silver’s community.
Flights will function on a brand new fleet of 46- and 70-seat ATR twin-engine turboprop plane.
Based in 1988, Silver Plane has 467 staff and is owned by Versa Capital Administration LLC, a Philadelphia-based personal fairness funding agency.
It’s headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, with a upkeep facility primarily based at Orlando Worldwide Airport in Florida.
GSP is now served by six airways, together with Silver Airways, Southwest, Allegiant, American, Delta and United.
The airport provides flights to Atlanta, Baltimore, Ft. Lauderdale, Orland, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Price, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Denver, Newark and Washington, D.C.