Florida-based Silver Airways arrives at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport Friday in time to start seasonal twice daily flights to Boston. Far left, Airport Manager Brad Madeira greets Kurt Brulisauer, Silver’s senior vice president of ground operations. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Airport welcomes new seasonal carrier



TRENTON — The Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport’s seasonal carrier, Silver Airways, launched its twice daily flights to Logan International in Boston on Sunday.

Silver Airways arrived Friday with a full crew in time for a press conference.

The carrier, which is headquartered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, replaces Pen Air, whose contract had expired.

The Airport Advisory Committee selected Silver as the seasonal carrier because of its connection with Jet Blue in Boston.

“This has brought a lot of energy into our organization,” said Kurt Brulisauer, senior vice president of ground operations for Silver Airways. “We’ve brought a lot of connections with our relationship with Jet Blue. It’s a big opportunity for us.”

Brulisauer said, “We’re going to work hard. We’re going to make you proud.”

Silver Airways has previously flown as far north as western New York, Brulisauer said, adding, “This is about as North Pole as we’ve been.”

Airport and county officials offered a welcome to the Silver Airways contingent.

“We are very excited to see you here,” said Airport Manager Brad Madeira.

Hancock County Commission Chairman Antonio Blasi spoke briefly.

“We anticipate this is going to be a good mix for everybody,” Blasi said.

Madeira said “it takes a massive army” to bring a seasonal carrier to the airport. “The general public doesn’t understand how much work goes into something like this.”

Cape Air, which operates year-round, will be handling all of the ground work for Silver Airways, Madeira said.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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