ViaAir Orlando Sanford to Baton Rouge
Celebrations were held at Orlando Sanford on 13 September to mark the departure of the inaugural ViaAir service to Baton Rouge. A ribbon cutting ceremony and an impressive suitcase-shaped cake helped get the new connection off to a flying start. The airport pair will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.
Baton Rouge welcomed two new ViaAir services on the same day, when the carrier began flights to the Louisiana airport from Austin and Orlando Sanford on 13 September. Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President, Baton Rouge, was on hand to perform the ribbon and cake-cutting duties.
Is this the way to Amarillo? Celebrating ViaAir’s inaugural flight to Amarillo at Austin on 19 September with a traditional ribbon cutting, were: Tyrell Washington, Austin Customer Service Agent, ViaAir; Leonard Pruitt, Director of Maintenance, Austin, ViaAir; Thomas Jones, Austin Station Manager, ViaAir; Austin Futch, South Terminal Director – ClearedDirect; and musician Aaron McDonnell. A route launch cake was also on display.
- ViaAir introduced three new domestic US routes in the space of a week, beginning with links to Baton Rouge (BTR) from Austin (AUS) and Orlando Sanford (SFB), which both commenced on 13 September. It then added a connection from Austin to Amarillo (AMA) on 19 September. All three routes will be operated by 50-seat ERJ 145s and there is no direct competition on any of the new airport pairs. The 975-kilometre Sanford – Baton Rogue link will be flown twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays), while the 626-kilometre Austin – Baton Rouge sector will operate three times per week. The highest frequency among the new routes will be seen on the 674-kilometre Austin – Amarillo connection, which will be flown six times per week. Speaking about the two new routes for Baton Rouge, Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President, Baton Rouge said: “The Baton Rouge community has been asking for additional non-stop flights, and we are thrilled to have landed service to these two key business and leisure destinations. Our hope is that people will take advantage of the ViaAir flights and make the new routes successful. By showing the aviation industry that Baton Rouge can support new non-stop service, we will improve prospects for new routes to even more markets.” Matthew Macri, VP of Operations, ViaAir commented on the new Austin to Amarillo service: “Both Austin and Amarillo are amazing cities and we’re excited about the opportunity to serve both of their business and leisure travellers alike with non-stop jet service as part of our 2018 expansion. Via Airlines takes pride in being the airline of the hospitality industry. Our jet service between Austin and Amarillo will move travellers far faster and more economically than existing airline options or travelling by car.”