Silver Air to operate Elba flights under Kissfly brand

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Czech charter carrier Silver Air has won a three-year government contract to operate flights from the Italian island of Elba to Florence, Milan and Pisa.

Starting on 27 October, the Prague-based Let L-410 operator will conduct weekly return flights to Florence, and serve Milan’s Linate airport four times and Pisa six times a week, says Dina Peverelli, managing director of Cityline Swiss, a Lugano-based general sales agent which has created a brand, Kissfly, to market the services.

Silver Air finalised the contract with Italy’s civil aviation authority ENAC in May. The government is supporting the operations to the tune of €2.6 million ($3.5 million), Peverelli indicates.

For the summer 2015, frequencies to Milan and Pisa are to be increased to four and six rotations a week, respectively.

For 2016, the partners are planning to introduce a 30-seat turboprop, says Peverelli. Initially, a 16-seat L-410 will be deployed.

Silver Air is to operate seasonal flights from Lugano and Milan’s Malpensa airport to Elba between 20 June and 1 September. The Swiss regional hub will be served twice weekly, and Malpensa five times a week.

The seasonal route to Milan has been operated by Silver Air in previous years.

The carrier’s fleet comprises two L-410 turboprops, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows.

In an earlier version of this story, Kissfly was mistakenly rendered as “Kissair”