Michael Garko, Fly Guys Blog
After only 15 months of service, regional carrier Silver Airways has announced it will suspend service to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City.
“They’ve decided to end service in Panama City effective Aug. 15,” ECP Executive Director Parker McClellan said in a Panama City New Herald report.
Silver operated two daily flights to Orlando and one daily flight to Tampa.
In the past twelve months, struggling Silver has built a reputation for quickly pulling out of markets, often citing low demand as its primary reason. Silver cancelled planned service to Birmingham, Ala.; New Orleans; Savannah, Ga.; and St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. before it began service to those cities. The carrier also abruptly ended service to Gainesville, Fla. last August for the second time.
In Panama City, McClellan stated that the pull out was a business decision as Silver begins to focus on new service to Cuba, though he did state that Silver was suffering from performance issues in keeping the flight on-time, which could have factored into the carrier’s decision.
The airport hopes that one of the airport’s other three carriers (Delta, Southwest, and United) will eventually add service to either city lost in the pullout.
“Many times where one carrier leaves, other airlines pick up the slack,” he added.
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