To officially open ViaAir’s new service to Tucson, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Austin Airport. Seen conducting the honour is a passenger who was travelling on the inaugural flight to Arizona. He was watched over by: Musician Barbara Nesbitt; Jeff Pearse, CEO of LoneStar Airport Holdings which runs Austin Airport’s South Terminal; and Matthew Macri, ViaAir Director of Operations. A cake was also made to toast the new city pair.
- ViaAir has launched its second route from Austin (AUS), with the US regional operator starting a link to Tucson (TUS) on 18 January. Joining its existing service to Hayden/Steamboat Springs which began 13 December, the carrier will operate the 1,278-kilometre route between Austin and Tucson three times weekly using its ERJ 145s, with no other airline currently serving the city pair. The regional jet operator will launch a third connection from Austin on 1 March, a three times weekly link to Oklahoma City. The airline previously served Austin from Branson in Missouri, but the route is no longer bookable on the carrier’s website, with OAG schedules showing that the last service flew in November.