Silver Airways starts non-stop service between PBIA and Key West

Silver Airways today will begin offering non-stop service between Palm Beach International Airport and Key West.

Silver will offer one flight per day, five days a week — Thursdays through Mondays.

MORE: PBIA looks to re-establish non-stop flight to Los Angeles

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Silver operates a fleet of  34-seat Saab 340B Plus turboprop aircraft. The company announced this spring that it planned to launch the new Key West service, initially offering promotional fares of up to 50 percent off to help entice travelers to fly the route.

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On Thursday, Silver’s website listed one-way flights from PBIA to Key West for as low as $89, depending on the departure date.

The company also plans to offer one-stop service between Palm Beach International and Tallahassee.

“The addition of non-stop service to Key West and same plane Tallahassee service gives our passengers the ease and convenience of PBI and great, new destinations.  We are excited to expand our partnership with Silver Airways and happy to offer more options for our travelers,” said Bruce Pelly, director of Airports for Palm Beach County.

Silver Airways also operates daily service from PBIA to Tampa and the Bahamas:  Bimini, Nassau and Marsh Harbour.

 

120-room hotel planned on PBIA grounds

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday will consider a proposal to build a 120-room hotel on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Airport.

Under the proposal, the hotel’s developer CVH PBIA, LLC would lease roughly 3 acre of land from the airport for a 50-year period. The company would be required to pay the airport an annual rent of $156,816 or 3.5 percent of the hotel’s revenues — whichever is greater.

The plan calls for a Home 2 Suites by Hilton — a limited service, all-suite hotel — to be built on the property. The site is located at the northeast corner of the airport’s grounds.

 

Grand opening for PBIA’s travel plaza to be held this week

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A grand opening ceremony will be held Thursday for the travel plaza on the outskirts of the Palm Beach International Airport.

The plaza is aimed at making the cellphone-waiting area more enticing. In addition to parking space for waiting cars, the travel plaza will also have a gas station, convenience store and Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-through. PBIA TRAVEL PLAZA

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The project, which was expected to open last year, has been delayed because of permitting issues.

The convenience store building will offer wireless internet for those waiting on passengers and real-time flight information boards similar to those displayed inside PBIA’s main terminal.

The plaza will have access off Belvedere Road, access to the airport roads leading to the terminal and to PBIA’s direct-connect ramps to and from Interstate 95.

PBIA off to a busy start in 2017 after surge in New Year’s travelers

 

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Traffic at PBIA on Jan. 2, 2017

Traffic at Palm Beach International surged on Monday, with more than 700 aircraft carrying New Year’s travelers taking off or landing at the airport.

In an email to Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday, Airports Director Bruce Pelly warned that the increased traffic could result in a spike in noise complaints from residents living in the airport’s flight path.

“If your office has received complaints regarding noise or flight path, yesterday’s traffic was very heavy resulting in fanning north and south,” Pelly wrote to commissioners.

There were 710 airplanes that either took off from or landed at PBIA on Monday (Jan. 2), Pelly said. Just over 500 of those flights occurred between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., he added.

On a typical day, the airport handles between 350 to 390 flights, with roughly 270 occurring between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Pelly said.

The airport handles both commercial jets and private general aviation airplanes.

PBI travel plaza nearing completion

A travel plaza planned on the outskirts of the Palm Beach International Airport is nearing completion and officials hope to have a grand opening at the site next month.

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The plaza is aimed at making the cellphone-waiting area more enticing.  In addition to parking space for waiting cars, the travel plaza will also have a gas station, convenience store and Dunkin Donuts with a drive-thru.

The project, which is expected to open earlier this year, has been delayed because of permitting issues.

The convenience store building will offer wireless Internet for those waiting on passengers and real-time flight information boards similar to those displayed inside PBIA’s main terminal.

Once the plaza opens, the airport’s existing cell phone waiting lot will be closed. Airport officials plan to eventually lease out the property where the cell phone waiting lot currently sits.

The plaza will have access off Belvedere Road, access to the airport roads leading to the terminal and to PBIA’s direct-connect ramps to and from Interstate 95.

 

 

PBIA’s winter schedule features new destinations; more frequent flights

Passengers flying out of Palm Beach International Airport can reach 27 domestic and international destinations on more than 200 daily flights this winter, airport officials said.

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

The airport on Monday released its 2016-17 winter schedule, which includes service from one new air carrier and the return of Frontier Airlines‘ seasonal nonstop service to Denver.

New this winter, Frontier Airlines will also be offering nonstop service to Chicago from PBIA, the airport said.

Air Canada will be offering daily flights to Montreal this winter, as well as increasing flights to Toronto.

Both Sun Country and Delta Airlines will be offering service to Minnesota.

The airport serves roughly 6.5 million passengers a year.

Here is PBIA’s complete winter schedule:

AIR CANADA

·         Toronto service resumes – October 30, 2016

·         Montreal service increases to 1X daily and resumes – December 16, 2016

AMERICAN AIRLINES

·         New York (LGA) service resumes – December 15, 2016

·         Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington all receive an additional daily flight in November/ December

DELTA AIR LINES

·         New service to Minneapolis commences- December 17, 2016

·         New York (JFK) service resumes – December 22, 2016

·         Boston (BOS) service resumes – December 21, 2016

·         Atlanta and New York (LGA) receive additional daily flights in December

 

FRONTIER AIRLINES

·         Denver and Trenton service resumes – October 31, 2016

·         New service to Chicago (ORD)  commences – October 31, 2016

JETBLUE AIRWAYS

·         Boston, New York (JFK), and Newark service resumes – December 20, 2016

SILVER AIRLINES

·         Marsh Harbour service resumes – November 19, 2016

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES

·         Long Island and Philadelphia service resume – November 5, 2016

·         Chicago, Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Providence service resume – March 9, 2017

·         Baltimore receives an additional daily flight – March 9 2017

SPIRIT AIRLINES

·         Atlantic City and Boston service resumes– November 10, 2016

SUN COUNTRY

·         Airline commences at PBI with Minneapolis service- December 15, 2016

UNITED AIRLINES

·         Houston service resumes – October 6, 2016

·         Newark received additional daily flights – November 3, 2016

WESTJEST

·         Toronto service resumes at more favorable timeslot for travelers – December 9, 2016

UPDATE: Hurricane Matthew affecting some flights out of South Florida

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

Hurricane Matthew — which as of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. Tuesday advisory has Palm Beach County in its path — is affecting some flights into and out of South Florida.

For Wednesday, 31 flights have been cancelled at Miami’s airport, 18 have been cancelled at Fort Lauderdale and there are no cancellations at Palm Beach International Airport, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had 45 delays and 12 cancellations Tuesday, FlightAware reports.

» RELATED: Some airlines issue travel waivers as Hurricane Matthew prompts flight cancellations

Miami International Airport had 25 delayed flights and 27 cancelled flights as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to FlightAware.

Most of the cancelled or delayed flights are to or from Caribbean destinations, including Haiti and Cuba.

Only three delays were reported Tuesday at Palm Beach International Airport as of 6 p.m.

To see if your flight is delayed or cancelled, visit the airport’s website or contact your airline:

Palm Beach International Airport

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Miami International Airport

This story will be updated as more information is available.

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PBIA ranks among the top airports in U.S.

Palm Beach International Airport ranks among the top airports in the United States, according to a survey released by TripAdvisor on Thursday.

Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA
Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA

The popular travel website surveyed 114,000 travelers from the United States as part of its first-ever Travelers’ Choice Favorites awards for U.S. Airports.

The awards honored travelers’ 5 favorite large domestic airports and 5 favorite medium domestic airports based on their size classification by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tee time for travelers: PBIA's putting green is located next to Sam Snead's Tavern. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Tee time for travelers: PBIA’s putting green is located next to Sam Snead’s Tavern. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

PBIA took the 4th spot in the medium airport list, falling behind Indianapolis International Airport, John Wayne Airport Orange County Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport. Albuquerque International Sunport took the 5th spot.

PBIA was also recognized for its 8-hole putting green on the second floor of the main terminal.

 

Airfare expected to drop by 8.2 percent this fall

Airfare is expected to drop by 8.2 percent this fall, hitting a low of $213 in October, according to the travel research firm Hopper.

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

Domestic round-trip airfare is expected to average about $216 this fall, up less than 1 percent from the same time frame last year and 16 percent below the fall of 2014, the research firm said.

Palm Beach International Airport may see some of the best deals in the country.

West Palm Beach ranks 8th on Hopper’s list of “Destinations to Watch” in August. Fares to the PBIA could fall by as much as 19 percent from their current level of $255, according to Hopper, which has an app alerting travelers of price drops for particular destinations.

Other domestic cities on Hopper’s list: Dallas, Austin, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Miami and Orlando.

Airports in Grenada, Grenada, Liberia, Coasta Rica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic are among the top international destinations for savings, Hopper said.

According to DealNews, a discount and shopping website, the best airfare deals right now include:

Frontier Airlines via DealBase discounts is offering one-way fares nationwide with prices starting at $28.10, DealNews said.

American Airlines is offering one-way fares for as low as  $38.10 via vendor ShermansTravel. Major hubs include Dallas, Chicago, Charleston, and Los Angeles for travel through Nov. 30, according to DealNews.

JetBlue is offering roundtrip fares to Florida through vendor ShermansTravel, according to DealNews. Prices start at $126.20, the website said.

 

 

 

 

 

PBIA opens second suite for nursing mothers

Palm Beach International Airport has opened a second lactation suite to provide traveling mothers a private and clean area to nurse children or use a breast pump.

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The first suite opened earlier this year beyond the security checkpoint in Concourse C.

With the addition of the second suite, the rooms are now accessible by travelers in all concourses.

Each handicap accessible suite has a lockable door and a power outlet for mothers who need to plug-in a breast pump.