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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 Starts Austin to San Francisco Nonstop Service

Low-fare carrier, Frontier Airlines begins nonstop service from South Terminal (AUS) to San Francisco (SFO)

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Low-fare carrier, Frontier Airlines has started nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to San Francisco International Airport. The new seasonal service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

“We are thrilled to begin service from Austin to San Francisco,” said Daniel Shurz, Senior Vice President, Commercial for Frontier Airlines. “Frontier is always looking for ways to make travel from central Texas easier and more affordable, and our Kids Fly Free and Friends Fly Free programs are the latest example of what we mean by Low Fares Done Right.”

“Service to San Francisco marks Frontier’s 19th non-stop route from the Austin South Terminal,” said Jeff Pearse, CEO, LoneStar Airport Holding, LLC, and operator of the South Terminal at the Austin airport. “We are pleased to welcome those travelers to the South Terminal – and invite them to enjoy an airport experience that evokes the golden age of air travel – intimate, retro design, outdoor seating, a food truck and a vibe that is uniquely Austin.”

All Frontier flights operate from the South Terminal which has a separate entrance and parking on the south side of the airport and is not accessible from inside the Barbara Jordan Terminal or from SH 71. The South Terminal is located at 10000 Logistics Lane and is accessible from US 183 South and Burleson Road.

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Lufthansa Launches Nonstop Service to Frankfurt, Germany

Lufthansa, the world’s largest airline network, celebrated the start of new international nonstop service between AUS and FRA

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Lufthansa, the world’s largest airline network celebrated the start of new international nonstop service between the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and busiest airport in Germany, the Frankfurt Airport (FRA) Rhein-Main-Flughafen, on Friday, May 3, 2019.

The gate celebration included a ribbon-cutting program, cake, musical performances by Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars and Sophia Johnson, and remarks from the airline to announce the start of the five days per week service.

Austin marks the third Texas gateway city to have nonstop service by Lufthansa. Currently, the AUS to FRA route is the only new North American nonstop addition announced by the German carrier this year. A Star Alliance network codeshare partner, Lufthansa’s first arriving flight LH468 from FRA to AUS, touched down in Austin around 2:05 PM. Flight LH469, departed Austin at 4 PM to Frankfurt.  

“Lufthansa’s service is a doorway for Central Texans to reach Europe and for global travelers to experience Austin’s art, music, and culinary culture,” said Jim Smith, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Executive Director. “Frankfurt, Germany is a desired international economic and tourist destination. We welcome the air service between the two tech hubs and the successful interchange of international tourism, business, and economic development opportunities.”

Lufthansa operates the flight with a 225 passenger Airbus A330-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft has 42 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy seats, and 185 Economy Class seats. Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Optimally timed, flight LH469 will depart Austin at 4 PM and arrive at 9:05 AM in Frankfurt the following day. For passengers flying to Austin, LH 468 is set to take off at 10 AM from the Frankfurt Airport, arriving in Austin at 2:05 PM. All times are local.

Doug Driskill, Chamber of Commerce Air Service Task Force Chairman and Dell Technologies; Heike Birlenback, Lufthansa Senior Vice President for Global Sales and Chief Commercial Officer for the Frankfurt Hub, Steve Alder, Mayor of the City of Austin; and members of the Lufthansa flight team participates in the ribbon cutting program hosted by Lufthansa at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Photo credit: Bryce Dubee, Courtesy of COA Aviation.

“Austin is our third gateway in Texas, offering not only a connection between two culture-rich cities but also an important link for the city’s local bourgeoning technology ecosystem and the global technology hubs which Lufthansa serves,” said Heike Birlenbach, Senior Vice President of Sales for the Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer of the Frankfurt Hub. “Central Texas residents can now access Lufthansa’s vast network of destinations in Europe and beyond via Frankfurt. The new service also supports the growing interest in Austin for both commerce and leisure, directly benefiting the local economy and spurring further business development on both sides of the Atlantic.”

This flight offers Central Texas passengers hundreds of connections to Europe, as well as Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. Frankfurt is Lufthansa’s main hub and is Germany’s most international city – offering a rich blend of culture and history. With a population of approximately 5.6 million, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centers and a popular travel destination. Frankfurt is Germany’s financial powerhouse where the German Central Bank & the European Central Bank are both located.

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WestJet Launches New Nonstop Service From Austin to Calgary

WestJet Airlines officially began new seasonal nonstop service from Austin to YYC Calgary International Airport.

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In a ceremony complete with live music, cake and balloons, WestJet Airlines officially began new seasonal nonstop service from Austin to YYC Calgary International Airport, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on May 2, 2019.

This new route north adds an additional international destination for Central Texas travelers and increases the total number of carriers serving Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

“We are excited to welcome WestJet to Austin and for our new connection with our neighbors to the north in Calgary,” said Jim Smith, executive director of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “This new flight is a direct reflection of how Austin continues to evolve as a premier destination, and the addition of a nonstop route from Central Texas to the foothills of the Canadian Rockies is an incredible opportunity for both business and leisure travelers.”

The seasonal route to Calgary, part of WestJet’s summer schedule, offers twice-weekly nonstop flights, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights depart Austin at 3:35 PM and arrive in Calgary at 6:31 PM Flights from Calgary depart at 10 AM and arrive in Austin at 2:43 PM.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the fun, funky and innovative city of Austin to the WestJet network,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Including the just-launched destinations of Atlanta and Portland, these three key markets help diversify Alberta’s economy, open new trade links and forge stronger connections between Alberta and these major destinations. We are pleased to share our caring Canadian spirit with Texans once again.”

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