Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) has been on an amazing run lately, with its megasite wins, runway and terminal renovations, and high-tech parking enhancements.

On Tuesday, May 16, the airport got something it has really, really been seeking: new routes from a new airline.

Silver Airways is starting daily non-stop service to Nashville and Orlando from PTIA beginning on June 30.

PTIA Executive Director Kevin Baker said airport officials were delighted with the announcement and he said both destinations were “very important markets” for the airport.

Paul Mengert, the chairman of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority – the board that operates and runs the airport – suggested area residents plan a trip to the two cities.

“We encourage the community to take advantage of this new service and visit these destinations,” he said.

It’s very hard for airports to get carriers and routes, and once PTIA adds them, it certainly wants to keep them by providing a healthy number of passengers.

Flights will operate daily on the following schedule:

PTIA to Orlando departs at 3:25 p.m. and arrives at 5:50 p.m.

Orlando to PTIA departs at 7:15 a.m. and arrives at 9:40 a.m.

PTIA to Nashville departs at 10:20 a.m. and arrives at 11:10 a.m.

Nashville to PTIA departs at 11:55 a.m. and arrives at 2:45 p.m.

Tickets are already available for purchase at https://www.silverairways.com.

Silver Airways is an independent regional airline that boasts of its “fuel efficient and environmentally friendly turboprop aircraft” and promises “safe, reliable, and customer-friendly passenger and cargo airline services.”

According to information from the company, Silver “operates the most passenger routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas from its gateways in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa,” and “Silver’s Caribbean network connects Puerto Rico with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Dominica, Santiago, Dominican Republic, and the British Virgin Islands.”

Silver’s cargo operations often work in partnership with United, JetBlue, American, Delta, Avianca and Copa Airlines, and the airline has interline cargo agreements with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Azul, Bahamas Air, Emirates, and APG.