Well, that didn’t last long.
Silver Airways, which began its service for Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA)with great fanfare this summer – including a water cannon salute for the inaugural flight from Orlando – has now shut down operations and flights from the airport.
That’s a real shame because the airline was a true low-cost provider, and that’s something airport officials have been wanting for a very long time.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Silver Airways website did not include any option for flying to or from PTIA.
Some other flight booking sites – such as Expedia or Travelocity – would let users go through the process of booking tickets on Silver Airway routes to and from PTIA. However, once it came time to check out, the software noted that there was a problem and the tickets could not be purchased.
PTIA provided a brief statement to the Rhino Times which noted that airport officials were in the dark to a large extent, just as passengers were.
“We were as surprised as everyone else,” the statement reads. “We’ve been told only that they were stopping the service because of operational issues. During their tenure here, they had a number of cancellations and late operations. We don’t know the reason for those issues.”
In the statement, PTIA asked everyone with questions and concerns to direct those inquiries to Silver Airways.
“We have no ability to assist folks with such matters,” airport officials stated.
It is not clear what will happen in the case of those people who have purchased tickets for future flights on the airline.
Silver Airways offered PTIA roundtrip flights to and from Orlando and Nashville and did so at much lower rates than other airlines. For instance, a round trip ticket to Nashville cost about $100 – while they lasted.