Seen cutting the ribbon in Austin on 13 December, officially opening ViaAir’s new seasonal service to Hayden/Steamboat Springs are: Clint Ostler, VP Marketing & Development, Embark Aviation; Jamy Kazanoff, Assistant Director, Austin Airport; Billy Kidd, Steamboat Springs Resort and 1964 Olympic silver medalist men’s slalom; Matthew Macri, ViaAir Director of Operations; and Jennifer Shea, Steamboat Springs Resort, Director of Resort & Hotel Sales. Along with the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Texan airport also baked a cake to herald the opening of ViaAir’s latest route.
Kansas City Airport produced ViaAir corporate colour-inspired cupcakes for inaugural passengers to enjoy before jetting-off to Hayden/Steamboat Springs. The airport also gave away thick woolly socks to make sure that passengers were warm when they arrived at their final destination, some 6,606 feet above sea level.
- ViaAir commenced seasonal service to Hayden/Steamboat Springs (HDN) on 13 December, with the US regional carrier connecting the Colorado airport with Austin (AUS) and Kansas City (MCI). The airline appears to be using an Austin-based aircraft to operate both services. Flown three times weekly (Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays), flights leave Austin at 11:05, landing at Hayden/Steamboat Springs at 12:30. The aircraft then departs for Kansas City at 13:10, with a scheduled arrival time of 15:55. The return service from Kansas City has a expected departure slot of 16:40, touching down back in Hayden/Steamboat Springs at 17:30. The aircraft then heads back for Austin at 18:10, landing back into the Texan airport at 21:20. Neither city pair will face direct competition when referring to OAG schedules, with the airline using its 50-seat ERJ 145s on the 1,432- and 1,073-kilometre city pairs. Along with this new route from Austin, ViaAir has recently announced that it will begin non-stop routes from the Texan airport to Tucson and Oklahoma City starting on 18 January. Hayden/Steamboat Springs is currently the only scheduled route to be served by ViaAir from Kansas City. Both routes launched this week will operate until 1 April.