Silver adds Key West service following Southwest’s departure

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Silver Airways will launch nonstop flights between Key West and Orlando in June, following Southwest Airlines’ decision to discontinue the route.

The Fort Lauderdale-based regional carrier will operate once daily on the route with 30-seat Saab 340B aircraft from 12 June, it says.

“We’re looking forward to offering our guests even more travel options within the Sunshine State as we further grow our Florida schedule with the addition of convenient nonstop flights between Key West and Orlando,” says Jamie Kogutek, vice-president of network planning at Silver, in a statement.

Southwest Airlines will discontinue service to Key West, which includes nonstop flights to New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa, on 7 June. It took over the Key West-Orlando route from its AirTran Airways subsidiary in November 2012.

United Airlines will codeshare with Silver on the new route to Key West.

No other carriers fly between Orlando and Key West, Innovata schedules show.