It seems as though every week there’s something exciting going on at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) and this coming week is no exception.

On Tuesday morning, July 25, Silver Airways – a airline providing new service to the airport – will land its first flight from Orlando to PTIA.

PTIA – which doesn’t like, but loves getting new airlines and new routes – is making a big deal out of the inaugural flight.  Airport officials have invited area reporters to come out that morning for the celebration of the plane’s arrival, which will include a water cannon salute.

PTIA Executive Director Kevin Baker and Steve Rossum, the CEO of Silver Airways, are making themselves available for interviews that morning as well. Both men want to get the word out as much as possible.  Rossum obviously wants the flights full and, any time there are new routes in and out of PTIA, Baker always stresses to area residents that they need to use them or lose them.

In May, PTIA announced  that Silver Airways would be opening up daily non-stop service to Nashville and Orlando from PTIA.

The fare for a 2 hour and 25-minute flight to and from Orlando can often be had for under $100 not including taxes and add-ons.

Silver Airways is an independent regional airline that touts its “fuel efficient and environmentally friendly” turboprop planes.

The airline currently operates the most passenger routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas from its gateways in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa. The airline’s Caribbean network connects Puerto Rico with the US Virgin Islands and many other islands such as St. Maarten, St. Kitts and the British Virgin Islands.

It also has very active cargo operations and partners with United, JetBlue, American, Delta, Avianca and Copa Airlines, and Silver Airways has interline cargo agreements with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Azul, Bahamas Air, Emirates and APG.