ViaAir announced new nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) and to Tucson International Airport (TUS), beginning January 18, 2018. These new flights join ViaAir’s nonstop option from Austin that includes the winter seasonal flights between Austin and Steamboat Springs / Hayden, Colorado started on December 13, 2017.
“Austin is an amazing, fast-growing city. We are thrilled to bring the convenience of direct flights to the markets of Tucson and Oklahoma City as the start of expanded service in the region. We will roll out additional cities throughout next year as we hope to be known as Austin’s hometown airline,” said Matthew Macri, ViaAir’s Vice President of Operations.
ViaAir plans to base crews and maintenance at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, positioning its Austin based operations to expand, the carrier reports.
“ViaAir’s continued growth, connecting two new nonstop destinations to Austin, is welcomed,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “These Oklahoma City and Tucson additions bring more options for customers and can ease new business and tourism connections for Central Texans. It also adds to the regional carrier’s new seasonal service from Austin to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, starting Dec. 13, 2017.”
Four days per week, the Austin to Oklahoma City nonstop flights depart Austin at 5:05 PM and arrive in Oklahoma City at 6:25 PM, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the opposite direction, the nonstop flight departs Oklahoma City at 7:10 PM and arrives in Austin at 8:30 PM. All times are local.
Three days per week, the Austin to Tucson nonstop flight departs Austin at 10:50 AM and arrives in Tucson at 12:20 PM, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the opposite direction, the nonstop flight departs Tucson at 1:05 PM and arrives in Austin at 4:10 PM. All times are local.
ViaAir is partnering with Embark Aviation to commercially manage these flights which includes: pricing, revenue management, network planning, and marketing functions.
“Embark is very excited to work with ViaAir and help them develop a world class airline. With our experience and resources, Embark can profitably position Via for growth in many unserved, niche, market opportunities,” said Clint Ostler, Vice President Marketing and Development for Embark Aviation, Inc.
Norwegian to Start Nonstop Service from Austin to London Gatwick
Norwegian has announced nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), making Austin the first Texas city serviced by Norwegian. Service begins March 27, 2018 and will operate three times per week.
“We’re very excited to bring the Norwegian experience to Austin,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos. “This city makes perfect sense as our first entry into the Lone Star state. Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, which perfectly fits Norwegian, being the world’s fastest-growing airline. We see great opportunities with our new route, both in terms of lowering trans-Atlantic fares for Austinites and bringing more tourists and business travelers to the region, which will help support thousands of local jobs.”
Norwegian’s new nonstop flight, serviced by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The eight hour flight will depart from the Barbara Jordan Terminal at 4:20 PM and arrive in London at 7:20 PM. Flights depart LGW at 10 AM and arrive in Austin at 2:20 PM. All times are local.
Delta Adds New Austin to Boston Route
Delta Airlines announced nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), starting on Sept. 10, 2017
Delta’s new year round, nonstop flights between Austin and Boston operates six days per week, Mondays-Saturdays and begin Sept. 11. Flights depart Austin at 6:30 AM and arrive in Boston at 12:20 PM. Boston to Austin flights start on Sept. 10 and operate six days per week, Sundays – Fridays. The BOS-AUS flights depart Boston at 7:30 PM and arrive in Austin at 11:10 PM.
The flight will be operated using Airbus A319 aircraft, which have been recently upgraded, offer free on-demand inflight entertainment for all passengers, and includes first class seating.
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Austin-Bergstrom Opens New South Terminal
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport celebrated the opening of its newest terminal with a party on the patio, live music, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a water cannon salute for the first flight — Allegiant Airlines’s Austin – Albuquerque nonstop.
The first flight receiving the Austin South Terminal water cannon salute was Allegiant’s Austin – Albuquerque nonstop. / photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin
The South Terminal building, which dates back to the original Bergstrom Air Force Base, features a stylish, retro 70s architecture and décor. The exterior is marked by sleek white canopies, onto which changing colors are projected. The design utilizes colors and textures native to Texas Hill Country, meant to provide a one-of-a-kind airport experience reflective of the individuality of the city it serves.
Ribbon cutting: Michelle Cohen, Allegiant Director of Stations; Jeff Pearse, CEO South Terminal; Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Jim Burchetta, Sr. Vice-President, Oaktree Capital Management Group.
/ photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin
The South Terminal will offer 1,000 covered parking spaces for $7 a day and a drop-off area for taxis and ride share vehicles. The terminal ticketing area will include two TSA security check lines, while the post-security Departures Lounge will feature several amenities for travelers, including a grab-and-go concession area, charging stations and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Departures Lounge also includes an outdoor patio area, complete with various types of seating, a pet relief area, and even a food truck. It is the first post-security outdoor concession area of its kind for a major Texas airport.
Plane side boarding from Austin South Terminal. / photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin
The opening of the South Terminal is the completion of a $12 million renovation to a 30,000 square foot facility and expands the capacity of Austin’s airport with three new gates. The terminal is equipped to service up to 500,000 passengers each year through its three canopy-covered outdoor gates. Allegiant calls the new terminal home after moving operations from the original Barbara Jordan Terminal; Sun Country Airlines and ViaAir will join Allegiant later in 2017.
The new South Terminal is accessed only from the south boundary of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport campus. The south side of the airport is accessed by taking US 183 to Burleson Road. The South Terminal is not accessible from inside the Barbara Jordan Terminal or from SH 71. A shuttle bus will be available to transfer passengers between the Barbara Jordan and South terminals if they have connecting flights or if they need to access the airport’s Rental Car Facility.
More information about the new South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is available on the terminal’s website at www.austinsouthterminal.com.
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