BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Officials with the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and Via Airlines announced four new nonstop flights Wednesday as Birmingham has been selected as a new focus city for the airline.
The new service will begin in April and will bring four new nonstop flights, four days each week, from Birmingham to Mobile, Austin, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh.
The flights will operate on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday each week. Flights begin in April and are available for purchase now on the airline’s website, flyviaair.com.
These new destinations increase the number of Birmingham’s nonstop destinations from 18 airports to 22 airports in 19 different cities.
Via Airlines will now be the sixth airline to operate out of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth, in addition to American, Delta, Southwest, United, and Frontier.
“Working together with the business community, we were very strategic in our approach to gain nonstop service to the selected cities,” said Sylvester Lavender, Birmingham Airport Authority’s Interim President and CEO. “From the aerospace industry in Mobile, to the innovative technology scene in Austin and Pittsburgh, and to the inspiring, bold ideas of the research park in Raleigh, we are making it easier for Birmingham to connect with more economic opportunities, strengthening businesses and partnerships with those communities.”
Via Airlines operates 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 jets. The airline says these smaller jets offer passengers cost-effective, convenient, and comfortable travel.
“Birmingham is an amazing city and we’re excited about the opportunity to serve both its business and leisure travelers with nonstop jet service to Pittsburgh, Austin, Raleigh, and Mobile from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport,” said Irit Vizer, Via Airlines’ President and COO. “Via Airlines takes pride in being a community-focused airline with hospitality-industry standards of service. As we continue to expand, we look forward to a long relationship with the Birmingham community— the sky is the limit.”
Below is a look at the airline’s current route map, as of January 9, 2019: