FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As part of its plan to strengthen operations, simplify its fleet, increase revenue, reduce costs, and better position the airline for future growth and new markets, Silver Airways plans to exit operations in its Cleveland, Ohio, network and retrain or redeploy its pilots, mechanics and airport team members to operate its core Saab 340B Plus fleet to its key markets.
Silver, which offers service in Mississippi at Greenville, Meridian and Tupelo, provided the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with the required 90-day notice of its intent to discontinue scheduled service between Cleveland and five communities no later than May 15 including Jamestown, N.Y. (JHW); Bradford, Pa. (BFD); DuBois, Pa. (DUJ); Franklin, Pa. (FKL); and Parkersburg, W.V. (PKB).
“We have been privileged to be able to serve these cities from Cleveland for almost six years, but multiple factors have combined to make it economically impossible for us to continue flying in these markets. As a result, we will be retiring our fleet of five remaining Beech 1900D aircraft and retraining or redeploying our pilots and maintenance team members, allowing us to conclude our fleet simplification efforts and focus exclusively on our core fleet of 28 advanced Saab 340B Plus aircraft. In doing so, we will be able to strengthen our operations in our key markets and position our airline for additional growth,” said Silver Airways president and CEO Dave Pflieger. “New federal regulations related to air transport pilot certification, as well as new flight and duty limitations and rest requirements have had the unintended effect of creating a nationwide pilot shortage and significantly increasing operating costs. Those facts, coupled with lower than expected passenger enplanements in most of these cities, the recently announced regional flight reductions at Cleveland International Airport, and our need to finalize our transition from 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft to larger and more advanced and economical 34-seat Saab 340B Plus aircraft, all influenced our decision.”