Silver Airways expands in Florida

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Regional carrier Silver Airways has announced new flights within Florida and from the Sunshine State to The Bahamas.

The Fort Lauderdale turboprop operator will launch flights on 21 November from West Palm Beach to North Eleuthera and to Freeport, both in The Bahamas, according to a media release from Silver.

The flights to Eleuthera will operate Friday through Monday and the flights to Freeport will operate Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday.

Also on 21 November the airline begins flying from Orlando to Florida's capital Tallahassee and from Orlando to West Palm Beach.

The Orlando-West Palm Beach service will operate twice on weekdays and once on the weekend, while the Orlando-Tallahassee flights will operate twice daily Monday through Friday, according to Silver.

The airline says the new routes will allow it to provide new connections on codeshare partner United Airlines to Chicago's O'Hare International airport, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental airport and Washington Dulles International airport.

""Within the state, we're improving connectivity from north to south and extending our reach to the Bahamas. At the same time, we're better aligning our service to sync most efficiently with United Airlines' global reach," says Silver's president and chief executive David Pflieger in the media release.

A spokesperson for Silver says the expansion comes as the carrier builds its fleet of Saab 340B aircraft, and that the growth will not result in cuts to Silver's existing services.

Formerly called Gulfstream International Airlines, Silver rebranded itself in December 2011 and began replacing its fleet of 19-seat Beach 1900D aircraft with Saab 340Bs.

The airline now has seven Beech 1900Ds and 26 Saab 340Bs in active service, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

Silver flies to nearly 50 destinations. In addition to its Florida operations, the airline flies from bases in Atlanta, Billings in Montana, Cleveland and Washington Dulles, according to the carrier's website.