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Tampa International Airport gets nonstop to Charleston, S.C.

Starting May 21, Silver Airways will be the first airline in the bay area to offer nonstop flights to Charleston.
The antebellum mansions of Charleston's East Battery are a highlight of the city's historic district. SUSAN C. HEGGER  |  St. Louis Post Dispatch (2004) [SUSAN C. HEGGER  |  KRT]
The antebellum mansions of Charleston's East Battery are a highlight of the city's historic district. SUSAN C. HEGGER | St. Louis Post Dispatch (2004) [SUSAN C. HEGGER | KRT]

TAMPA — Silver Airways announced Thursday it will begin offering the Tampa Bay area’s first nonstop flights to Charleston, S.C. beginning May 21.

Tampa International Airport is one of three in Florida destinations, along with Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, getting the new Charleston flights.

Related: Silver Airways has big plans for growth in and beyond Tampa

Flights from Tampa to Charleston will leave at 9:10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Charleston-to-Tampa flights will take off at 8:35 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The service will use 70-seat ATR 72-600 twin-turboprop planes.

“Establishing these new and expanded routes is a win-win for Floridians and Charleston area residents alike," said Helen Hill, chief executive officer of Explore Charleston and chairwoman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority board, in a statement released through the airline.

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