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.
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.
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.
A grand opening ceremony will be held Thursday for the travelplaza 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 travelplaza will also have a gas station, convenience store and Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-through.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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