VivaAerobus to Launch Austin - Puerto Vallarta Service January 15th with $9.99 fares

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The "ultra low cost" airline will also offer shuttle service to/from Houston and San Antonio on every flight.

Starting January 15, 2009 Texans will be able to travel to a new "ultra hot" destination on Mexico's Pacific Ocean: Puerto Vallarta. Company executives announced details of its initial service to and from Austin, as well as the new shuttle services that links Houston and San Antonio with every VivaAerobus flight.

Sales start today! From $9.99 USD (plus tax) passengers can book a flight to Puerto Vallarta and for those passengers living on the Houston and San Antonio area, they can grab a $20 USD shuttle to catch their flight.

VivaAerobus will initially start with two weekly flights between Austin South Terminal and Puerto Vallarta.


Initial Flight Schedule serving Thursdays and Sundays

Flight #             Origin                     Destination             Departure        Arrival
950                 Puerto Vallarta        Austin                     11:55             14:15
951                 Austin                     Puerto Vallarta     15:00             17:05


Houston and San Antonio Shuttle Services Schedules

                         Houston Shuttle Schedule: Thursday and Sunday

Flight #     Departure time of Houston     Arrival time to Austin             Destination
                                                                     South Terminal    
951                             10:30                                13:30                        Puerto Vallarta

Flight #     Departure time of Austin         Arrival time to Houston         Arriving from
                         South Terminal
950                             14:45                                17:45                     Puerto Vallarta

                         San Antonio Shuttle Schedule: Thursday and Sunday

Flight #     Departure time of San Antonio     Arrival time to Austin        Destination
                                                                         South Terminal    
951                             11:45                                13:30                     Puerto Vallarta

Flight #     Departure time of Austin         Arrival time to Houston         Arriving from
                         South Terminal
950                             14:45                                16:15                     Puerto Vallarta

"On January 29 we announced our first two international flights. Eight months later, we are announcing a new destination for the whole state of Texas and many other Americans that would like to travel low cost with VivaAerobus through Austin," said Mike Szucs, CEO of VivaAerobus. "I really want to make a special emphasis on what a true low cost service can cause in a region. Approximately 50% of our actual passengers that have flown either to Cancun or Monterrey since May 1st are Non- Austin residents. These passengers are driving all the way from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and many small towns just to catch our no-frills, low-fare flights."

Marcus Balmforth, the Managing Director of GECAS Airports, said - "Our Mexican route network now has 3 destinations with further destinations planned to be added in 2009. The new routes are delivering real benefits to both business and leisure passengers and increasing inbound tourism opportunities to Austin."

"We have had excellent feedback from customers since commencing operations in May 2008. South Terminal provides a fast, efficient and stress free experience for our customers travelling on business or for vacation. The new direct bus services from both Houston and San Antonio connect with flights from South Terminal providing convenient access beyond the local Austin area," Balmforth continued. "We look forward to delivering more choice and every day value fares for our local Austin customers as well as customers across Texas who recognize the cost and convenience benefits of flying from South Terminal Austin on business or for vacation."

"Our true goal is to continue delivering low prices to the consumer, by being every day more efficient even in the tough times the aviation industry faces. While many airlines are cutting flights and sitting planes, VivaAerobus will continue with our growth commitment in Austin and making flying more affordable," Added Szucs.

VivaAerobus started operations in Austin on May 1, 2008 with two non-stop services to Cancun and Monterrey. With its fleet of Boeing 737-300 aircraft, VivaAerobus offers national and international flights providing comfort, quality and international safety standards at market leading low fares. On August , 2008 the airline started two direct non-stop shuttle services to / from Houston and San Antonio linked to every flight for only $20 USD.

About vivaAerobus:
VivaAerobus is Mexico's low fares airline and started operations in November 2006. It was created with the combined expertise of IAMSA and Irelandia.

IAMSA is the leading company in passenger transportation by bus in Mexico. IAMSA operates a modern fleet of 9,000 buses transporting more than 260 million passengers per year. It operates in 20 states of Mexico reaching more than 70% of the population. It is integrated by Grupo Flecha Amarila and Grupo Toluca and some of their more famous brands are ETN, Omnibus de Mexico, TAP and Plus. More than 24,000 people work at IAMSA.

Irelandia is the investment vehicle of the Ryan family. The Ryan family was the founder of Ryanair, Europe's largest and most successful low cost airline. Irelandia is one of the leading developers of low cost airlines around the world. Other investments include a shareholding in Tiger Airways of Singapore.

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