Sami Teittinen, CEO of Silver Airways, presents Omar Gil, Santa Clara Airport Director, with a model of one of the carrier’s Saab 340s, the aircraft the airline will use to link Fort Lauderdale to the Cuban airport. The CEO of the airline was also greeted by an entourage of media as he arrived on the carrier’s inaugural flight into Santa Clara. The carrier will connect Fort Lauderdale to the Cuban airport thrice-weekly facing direct competition from JetBlue Airways.
- Silver Airways became the second carrier to connect the US to Cuba this week by inaugurating two routes between the nations. On 1 September the regional airline linked Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Santa Clara (SNU), a 398-kilometre route that will operate thrice-weekly (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays). It will face direct competition from JetBlue Airways, an airline which pipped Silver Airways to the title of being the first carrier to link the markets after 55 years. The other connection launched by Silver Airways on the same day was a link from Miami (MIA) to Bimini (BMI) in the Bahamas. The short 103-kilometre sector will be served by the airline four times weekly facing no incumbent, with no other carrier planning to operate the airport pair in the near future. See how Miami Airport's FTWA compares to others from around the world.