FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Silver Airways has announced plans to exit much of its Atlanta network and redeploy its aircraft and team members to other key markets. These plans include discontinuing service between Muscle Shoals and Atlanta.
Silver Airways has provided the U.S. Department of Transportation with the required 90-day notice of its intent to discontinue scheduled service between Atlanta and five communities, including Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Greenville, Miss.; Laurel/Hattiesburg, Miss.; Tupelo, Miss.; and Meridian, Miss.
Silver Airways does intend, however, to continue operations between Atlanta and Macon, Ga., and between Macon and Orlando, Fla., as well as between Atlanta and Greenbrier/Lewisburg, W.Va.
“The plans announced today are a necessary and important component of our strategy to continue rationalizing our fleet and network to better position ourselves for future growth and greater success by improving our operational performance and better serving customers and business partners in our core markets,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Dave Pflieger.
“New federal regulations related to flight and duty limitations, as well as increased requirements related to new hire pilot certification, have had the unintended effect of creating a nationwide shortage of regional airline pilots. Those facts, coupled with significantly lower than expected passenger enplanements in most of our Atlanta-network cities have made it uneconomical for us to continue serving these communities,” said Pflieger.
“The plans announced today are a necessary and important component of our strategy to continue building a best-in-class next generation regional airline,” said Pflieger.
Pflieger did confirm that all team members in good standing who wish to remain with Silver will be offered opportunities elsewhere. “We have open positions throughout the rest of our network, and we hope these team members choose to continue their careers with our award-winning airline,” added Pflieger.