WILLIAMSTOWN - The airline that provides commercial service to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport received international recognition for service on Monday.
Silver Airways was named the 2013 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World (ATW), the leading global airline industry monthly magazine.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based air carrier was honored in recognition of its "outstanding growth and achievements, as well as its contributions toward elevating the overall regional aviation industry," according to a press release from the company.
"I hope this award increases the public's confidence in not only Silver, but also the service they provide locally," said Terry Moore, manager of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. "And, by building on the confidence of the flying public, I hope business will grow."
Silver has been providing four flights per day between the local airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland since October 2010. The service was recently extended for another two years by the United States Department of Transportation as it is part of the federal Essential Air Service program.
Silver is the first U.S.-based airline to win the coveted ATW Regional Airline of the Year award since 2008.
"(The) ATW awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in aviation," said Matthew Ray, chairman of the board for Silver Airways. "Aside from the continued support and appreciation of our passengers, there is no higher honor.
"We started this airline with the goal to build the number-one regional airline in the world," Ray continued. "The incredible team at Silver Airways joins me in the privilege of thanking the editors of Air Transport World for recognizing that we are on the right track."
Since Silver Airways launched in May 2011, it has grown by adding more aircraft, doubling the route network with new hubs in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga., as well as expanding Florida routes to be the state's largest carrier, serving more gateways with more daily flights than any other airline, the company's press release stated.
The ATW awards are determined by the editors of the magazine and based on submissions made by airlines around the world. The awards will be presented next month in Washington, D.C.
"This award is certainly a feather in the cap of Silver," Moore said. "As a global award, it is prized."