JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --Silver Airways will begin weekly flights from JAX Airport to the Bahamas beginning Saturday June 15.

The once-a-week service will depart Jacksonville on Saturdays at 10:31 a.m., arriving in Marsh Harbour Airport at 12:16 p.m.

The return flight will depart Marsh Harbour on Saturdays at 12:46, arriving in Jacksonville at 2:54 p.m.

"As Florida's hometown airline and the largest U.S. carrier to The Bahamas, we're pleased to create a direct link to the incredible vacation product in Marsh Harbour for the traveling public in Jacksonville and its surrounding communities," said President and CEODave Pflieger in a press release.

Silver Airways has operated in Jacksonville since August 2012, under a code-share agreement with United Airlines.

The airline currently offers nonstop service to Tampa with a 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft.

On June 8 Silver will begin operating under its own reservation system as an independent airline.