Dignitaries and Disney princesses joined the celebrations at Huntsville on 13 September to mark the launch of Silver Airways new daily services from Orlando. Pictured left to right at the ribbon cutting are: Dale Strong, Madison County Commissioner; Rapunzel; Rick Tucker, Executive Director, Huntsville Airport ; Steve Rossum, CEO, Silver Airways; Kurt Brulisauer, SVP, Silver Airways; Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville; Betty Fletcher, Board of Directors Chairman, Huntsville Airport; Barbie Peek, Director of Business Development, Huntsville Airport; Trey Bentley III, Board Member, Huntsville Airport; Cinderella and Mulan.
- Silver Airways introduced its first flights to Alabama on 13 September, operating the inaugural service between Orlando (MCO) and Huntsville (HSV). The carrier will offer daily flights on the 863-kilometre domestic connection which it will initially operate with Saab 340s, ahead of receiving its new fleet of ATR 42-600 aircraft. It will not face any direct competition on the route. “We are very excited to start this highly-requested non-stop service for business and leisure travellers from Alabama and the Tennessee Valley travelling to the attractions, beaches and businesses of Central Florida, including NASA and Florida’s Space Coast,” said Alabama native and Silver Airways VP David LeNoir. “Attracting and sustaining new air service is a community-wide matter that affects each and every one of us – both the leisure traveller and the business traveller,” said Rick Tucker, Executive Director, Huntsville Airport. “Launching this service from Huntsville to Orlando is an excellent step to providing all of the citizens of the Tennessee Valley more air travel options and savings. Support from the business community and our residents is integral to attracting and sustaining service like this in Huntsville and so we encourage everyone to fly HSV and Silver Airways so that we can continue to provide more air travel options to more destinations and with lower fares.”