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Taos Air Begins New Nonstop Service From Austin

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Passengers board a Dornier 328 jet for the inaugural Taos Air flight
Passengers board a Dornier 328 jet for the inaugural Taos Air flight at the Signature Flight Support facility at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Dec. 20, 2018. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

The first flight from Taos Air, a new charter service offering nonstop flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Taos Regional Airport (TSM), departed Austin the morning of December 20, 2018.

Operating out from the Signature Flight Support facility, on the south side of the airport campus, Taos Air’s seasonal service flies Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays – plus on holiday Mondays.

“Taos Air will now offer the closest, fastest and easiest route to the Rockies from Texas – a thrilling development for skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts who like big mountains and big adventures,” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley, Inc. “The new air service will allow Texans the flexibility to visit Taos more frequently, or for quick weekend trips.”

Taos Air offers flights starting at $96 one way, which travelers can book tickets now via www.skitaos.com/taos-air or by calling 833-359-8267 (FLYTAOS). Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights.

Flights are scheduled to depart Austin Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:20 AM, and on Sundays and holiday Mondays at 10 AM. Return flights from Taos are at 4:24 PM and 6:40 PM, respectively. Taos Air is a charter flight service of the Taos Regional Airport.

Signature Flight Support is located at 4321 Emma Browning Avenue. It may be accessed by taking U.S. 183 South to Burleson Road. From Burleson Road, take Emma Browning Avenue to Signature Flight Support.

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Frontier Moves to South Terminal, Adds Nonstop Routes

Highlighting its relocation to the South Terminal, Nov. 15, 2018, Frontier Airlines announced two additional nonstop destinations.

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A Frontier Airlines A320 arrives at the South Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Nov. 15, 2018. Frontier relocated its operations to the South Terminal from where they will offer 21 nonstop destinations from Austin.
A Frontier Airlines A320 arrives at the South Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Nov. 15, 2018. Frontier relocated its operations to the South Terminal from where they will offer 21 nonstop destinations from Austin. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Highlighting its relocation to the South Terminal of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Nov. 15, 2018, Frontier Airlines announced two additional nonstop destinations from Austin.

New Nonstop Service

Beginning on April 30, 2019, the airline will begin offer seasonal nonstop service to Chicago, followed by service to San Francisco beginning on May 10, 2019. These flights, along with the rest of Frontier’s flights from Austin-Bergstrom will operate from the South Terminal, a separate facility accessed off Burleson Road, east of US 183.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming customers to a new, easier, more relaxed experience,” said Daniel Shurz, Senior Vice President, Commercial for Frontier Airlines. “2018 has been a big year for Frontier in Austin, we’ve significantly expanded our route network, and we’ve got a great range of destinations from Austin.

The New South Terminal

Rendering of the entrance to the South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Rendering of the entrance to the South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin

With more than 1,000 parking spaces available, the South Terminal has both an indoor concession area and an outdoor patio featuring gourmet tacos from the De Nada Tacos food truck. Shuttle service is available to transport passengers to the Barbara Jordan Terminal and operates approximately every 20 minutes. Travelers should be aware that off-airport parking does not serve the South Terminal.

“The South Terminal and Frontier are an excellent fit and creates a growth opportunity for both the South Terminal and Frontier,” said Jeff Pearse, CEO of Lonestar Airport Holdings, LLC, South Terminal Operator. “We look forward to hosting Frontier passengers and treating them to our Austin experience, South Terminal style.”

Frontier serves 21 nonstop destinations from Austin. Tickets and Frontier low fare sales, including new sales to celebrate the relocation, are available at FlyFrontier.com. Frontier has carried 744,890 passengers through Austin’s airport year-to-date January – August 2018, about seven percent of Austin airport travelers, making Frontier the fifth busiest airline in Austin.

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Parking at the South Terminal is available for $10 per day in Long Term, and Short Term located directly in front of the terminal is $16 per day. Parking at the South Terminal is automated and payable by credit card only.

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ViaAir Announces Austin to Oklahoma City, Tucson nonstop flights

ViaAir announced new nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and to Tucson International Airport.

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ViaAir. Photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin

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.

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Norwegian to Start Nonstop Service from Austin to London Gatwick

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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.”

Anders Lindstrom, Director of Communications, Norwegian; Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport; Tom Noonan, President/CEO of Visit Austin; Doug Driskill, Chair of Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's Airport Task Force; and District 6 Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan.
Anders Lindstrom, Director of Communications, Norwegian; Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport; Tom Noonan, President/CEO of Visit Austin; Doug Driskill, Chair of Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Airport Task Force; and District 6 Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan. Photo credit: City of Austin

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.

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