With the tremendous interest in our low cost, direct flights to Mexico, our goal was to begin service to Austin as soon as possible
Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 29, 2008
Starting May 1, travelers will be able to fly directly from Austin, Texas to Cancun and Monterrey, Mexico for as little as $9.99 on vivaAerobus. Company executives announced details of its initial service to and from Austin, as well as formally launching online travel booking at vivaAerobus.com. Austin is the first U.S. City to be served by the innovative ultra low cost carrier.
vivaAerobus will operate out of the new South Terminal at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). The City of Austin recently finalized a lease agreement with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) to construct and operate the new terminal. Currently, GECAS is renovating a former National Guard building at ABIA that will serve as the interim terminal.
vivaAeroBus will offer direct, daily flights from Austin to both Cancun and Monterrey starting May 1. Additional destinations will be added in the coming months.
Initial Flight Schedule - VivaAerobus - Daily- ABIA South Terminal
Origin Destination Departure Arrival
Monterrey Austin 7:00am 8:10am
Austin Cancun 8:45am 11:00am
Cancun Austin 11:25am 1:45pm
Austin Monterrey 2:20pm 3:25pm
"With the tremendous interest in our low cost, direct flights to Mexico, our goal was to begin service to Austin as soon as possible," said Mike Szucs, CEO of vivaAerobus. "However, we wanted to wait until the South Terminal was complete in order to best serve our customers. A May 1 service launch date will allow us to be in a terminal that is configured exclusively for carriers such as vivaAerobus, as well as serve Austin in time for the summer travel season."
The simple nature of the terminal -- such as no jet bridges or sophisticated baggage handling system, and common use hold rooms, gates and ticket counter areas -- positions Austin to better compete for air service like the vivaAerobus ultra low cost business model. The South Terminal at ABIA includes parking, rental car facilities, concessions and ground transportation staging areas.
"The Austin terminal exemplifies our dedication to helping the aviation industry grow and succeed around the world," said Marcus Balmforth, Managing Director-Airport Infrastructure for GE Commercial Aviation Services. "Our partnership with the City of Austin and vivaAerobus will not only bring low cost, international service to Austin, it also shows that we are committed to our airline customers and providing the critical infrastructure to support them."
During the announcement event at Rio Grande Restaurant in Austin, several businesspeople and students were on hand to buy tickets as soon as online booking for Austin went live on vivaAerobus.com. Among them was Juan Lauro Aguirre Jr., Executive Director of Dalai, Inc. in Austin, a subsidiary of Monterrey-based Informática Dalai, SA de CV.
"I can't wait for May 1 to start taking advantage of the inexpensive vivaAerobus flights," said Aguirre. "Non-stop flights to Mexico at an affordable price have been desperately needed for a long time. Monterrey is a large industrial city with many ties to Austin and this service will take our growing business relationship with Mexico to new heights."
vivaAerobus has revolutionized the Mexican aviation industry in just over 14 months in operation. The inexpensive service has allowed people who have never flown before to travel around Mexico. With its fleet of Boeing 737-300 aircraft, vivaAerobus has flown more than 1.3 million passengers with an impeccable on-time performance.
"We are often asked how it is possible to offer fares like $9.99 between Austin and Cancun or Monterrey," said Mike Szucs. "We offer a much simpler, 'no-frills' approach using quicker turnaround times and higher utilization of our aircraft. We will drive thousands of new American tourists to beautiful Mexican cities, and we will also position Austin as a new tourist and business destination for travelers from Mexico."
vivaAerobus was formed in Mexico as a strategic alliance between the Mexican bus group, IAMSA (Inversionistas en Autotransportes Mexicanos SA de CV), the Irish-backed RyanMex and other low cost aviation specialists. IAMSA is the largest passenger bus transportation operator in Mexico. RyanMex is part of the investment fund of the Irish Ryan family, founders of Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares carrier. For more information visit http://www.vivaaerobus.com.