Via Airlines’ Inaugural Flights Take Off from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Marking Exciting Air Service Expansion Milestone

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., 8 a.m. CST – Today Via Airlines launched nonstop service to Pittsburgh, Pa. and Austin, Tx., from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), a welcomed milestone in not only the airline’s ongoing expansion across the U.S., but in the local economic renaissance as well. The launch of these two new nonstop routes offers the Birmingham community more connectivity, convenience and affordability with previously nonexistent, high-demand nonstop service to Austin and Pittsburgh.

The new nonstop flights will operate four times each week to/from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Via Airlines’ 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

Nonstop Birmingham (BHM) to Pittsburgh (PIT):

Days of Operation:              Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday
Depart BHM:                        9:06 a.m.
Arrive PIT:                            11:36 a.m.
Aircraft Type:                        ERJ-145

 

Nonstop Birmingham (BHM) to Austin (AUS):

Days of Operation:              Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday
Depart BHM:                        1:24 p.m.
Arrive AUS:                          12:54 p.m.
Aircraft Type:                        ERJ-145

 

These flights will move travelers to and from these new destinations far faster and more economically than existing options, including traveling by car.

“Committing this new air service to Birmingham is playing out to be incredibly rewarding for all involved parties,” said Cynthia Melendez, Via Airlines Marketing Manager. “This is truly an amazing city bustling with economic opportunity and we’re thrilled about the opportunity to provide both its business and leisure travelers with the nonstop jet service they demand and the high-quality service they deserve. We at Via Airlines take pride in our community focus and look forward to a long relationship with the city as we continue to offer new destinations from the Birmingham airport,” added Cynthia.

 

New service to Raleigh Durham International Airport is scheduled to launch Apr. 28, 2019. Melendez said it is likely Via Airlines will add more destinations out of Birmingham in the future.

“We are very excited to welcome Via Airlines to the Birmingham community,” said Sylvester Lavender, Birmingham Airport Authority’s Interim President and CEO.  “Working together with the business community has been a positive experience as we were very strategic in our approach to gain new nonstop service from Birmingham.  We’re proud to see these new routes come to fruition, making it easier for Birmingham to connect with more economic opportunities.”

 

Delivering Birmingham more air service opportunities, which is not easy for smaller airports to secure in today’s air service environment, would not be possible without the support from the Birmingham Airport Authority, the Mayor’s office, the convention and visitors bureau, the business community, and the partnering destination airports. Travelers are encouraged to support the flights in an effort to aid the potential of more flights being offered from BHM.

Tickets are available for purchase on www.flyviaair.com. Guests can also book by calling 800-565-5042. Via Airlines also participates in the GDS (Global Distribution Systems), allowing bookings through local travel agencies, online travel agencies, and corporate reservations booking tools.

 

About Via Airlines

Founded in 1997, Via Airlines is a domestic airline offering daily scheduled flights across the U.S. Via Airlines was the first airline to be certified under the new FAA safety regulations, ensuring the highest level of safety in the aviation industry. The airline operates a fleet of 50-seat Embraer ERJ145s and 30-seat EMB-120 providing its guests with low cost, high value, convenient and comfortable travel. Visit flyviaair.com for additional information and to book flights.”

 

About Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
Established in 1931, The Birmingham Airport has been welcoming travelers to The Magic City and serving as Central Alabama’s gateway to the sky for more than 80 years. Governed by the Birmingham Airport Authority since its establishment in 1986, the airport has evolved into a catalyst for growth and economic development for the entire Birmingham region. BHM is now home to six airlines, servicing over 100 daily flights. In 2018, BHM served more than 2.9 million passengers. Visit flybirmingham.com to begin your journey at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Via Airlines Media Contact:

Donald Bowman
111 Maitland Avenue S
Maitland, Florida 32751
donald.bowman@flyviaair.com

 

Birmingham Airport Authority Media Contact:

Candace O’Neil
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
coneil@flybirmingham.com

 

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