South Floridians will soon have more options for flying to Jacksonville.
Silver Airways announced plans Tuesday to begin nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Jacksonville International airports starting Aug. 19.
The new service will start with up to three flights per day and increase to as many as six flights daily on Nov. 2, the Fort Lauderdale-based regional carrier said.
Southwest Airlines is the only other carrier offering nonstop service between the two cities, and that service is expected to end in November, a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood official said.
"Broward County Aviation Department is excited to increase service to this important intrastate market," said Doug Webster, deputy director of the airport's operator.
Silver said its Fort Lauderdale-to-Jacksonville route will not only link the state's northeast and South Florida, but also enhance connections for travelers heading to destinations such as the Bahamas and Key West.
Silver will operate the new route on its 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft.
Silver is privately owned by Chicago-based investment firm Victory Park Capital, which launched the airline in May 2011 after acquiring select assets from the former Gulfstream International Airlines.
From Fort Lauderdale, the airline flies nonstop to Key West, Orlando and Tampa and to several destinations in the Bahamas, including Bimini, Freeport, George Town and Marsh Harbour.
Silver also operates nonstop flights from Palm Beach International Airport to Orlando, Tampa and North Eleuthera and Freeport in the Bahamas.
Silver is offering special introductory fares between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville from $79 one-way, including taxes and fees through Thursday for travel between June 9 and Nov. 5.