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Silver Airways aborts flights to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

CLEARWATER — Silver Airways has aborted its attempts to launch new air service this spring at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

In January, the airline announced that it would start flying twice a day from Pinellas County to Fort Lauderdale and once a day to Key West. Silver officials said there was a local demand for the service.

But airline officials said Tuesday that there just weren't enough bookings at PIE — St. Pete-Clearwater also goes by its three-letter airport code — to make the new routes "economically feasible."

Passengers who had already booked those flights were reassigned to Silver planes flying out of Tampa International Airport, the airline said.

The Fort Lauderdale airline flies a fleet of Saab 340B Plus twin turboprop planes that seat 34 people. Silver has touted itself as offering more routes within Florida and more Florida connections to the Bahamas than any other airline.