Charleston airport lands second new airline in a month

Charleston airport lands second new airline in a month

South Carolina’s busiest airport is going to be a bit busier in 2015. Charleston International Airport has landed two new carriers in the past month, providing direct connections to several popular destinations.

Photo courtesy Post and Courier.

Last month, Canada’s Porter Airlines announced that it will be launching weekly service to Toronto from Charleston. The flight will operate on Saturdays beginning February 14, and run through May 2. The new route will be Charleston’s only scheduled international flight.

“Charleston is a truly southern destination that offers some of the world’s best hospitality,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “It is a welcome complement to our growing network that I know passengers will embrace.”

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In addition to the new Porter flights, Silver Airways announced it will begin operations to three destinations at the airport in 2015. The regional carrier will fly nonstop Orlando and Tampa beginning March 19. Passengers will be able to continue on to Fort Lauderdale from both destinations without having to switch aircraft.

“We continue to have a lot of requests in Charleston for a lot of Florida destinations,” said Sen. Paul Campbell Jr., airports director for the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “Now travelers can reach Tampa and Orlando, with their attractions, and continue on to Fort Lauderdale, where they can fly to other destinations. It’s going to be great for economic development here. That’s a plus for this part of the community.”

Silver Airways has a fleet of 27 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft serving 25 destinations in Florida, the Bahamas and the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

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