Shoals Leaders Speak Out About Silver Airways’ Departure

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – On Wednesday, Silver Airways announced it will be leaving portions of the Atlanta network market.

Shoals Chamber of Commerce President Steve Holt says the move means the airline is breaching its contract with Northwest Alabama Regional Airport.

That could mean the airline will stay a bit longer, Holt said.

“When Delta left this market, the Central Air Service held them in this market until we found a replacement. And I could see that happening that the Central Air Service, since it is contract, might hold Silver Airways in until we find someone to follow them. This is just unknown,” said Holt.

Along with the Shoals, air service will also be discontinued in four other cities in Mississippi.

Holt said the airport will look forward, not back.

“It’s an opportunity to begin again and whether we go to Atlanta or some other market, those are all unknowns, but we are looking forward to the proposal,” said Holt.

Holt says two air carriers have already expressed interest in the Shoals area.

Shoals leaders anticipate proposals from the carriers sometime later this month.