I've written before about direct international flights and improved flight options in and out of Austin's airport.? The increase in flights has been both a boon to and an outward signal of economic growth in Austin.
I recently spotted this article in the Austin-American Statesman, which notes that ViaAir is beginning two new direct flights between Austin and Oklahoma City, and between Austin and Tucson, Arizona.
ViaAir plans to expand its presence in Austin, with some of its flight crews and maintenance operations eventually being based at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Matthew Macri, ViaAir?s vice president of operations, said in the airline?s announcement.
?Austin is an amazing, fast-growing city,? Macri said. ?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 (2018) as we hope to be known as Austin?s hometown airline.?
You might think direct flights like these wouldn't hold a lot of appeal but often we have clients who have operations in those cities - so those flights are important to us at BP3. Anything that makes connecting face to face that much easier.
I have to hand it to the folks in Austin that line up business with airlines.? I know that it is a sales process, not just something that happens in a vacuum, and we're grateful for it.
As for schedule:
Oklahoma City flights will operate four days a week ? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday ? leaving at 5:05 p.m. and arriving at 6:25 p.m. Return service departs at 7:10 p.m. and gets into Austin at 8:30 p.m. Fares start at $99 at flyviaair.com.
The Tucson flights will run three days a week ? Monday, Thursday and Friday ? departing at 10:50 a.m. and arriving at 12:20 p.m. Return flights leave at 1:05 p.m. and land in Austin at 4:10 p.m. Online tickets are available for as low as $109.
The new flights operate out of the physically separate South Terminal in Austin.