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Aeroméxico Resumes International Routes, Starts Flying 737 MAX

Mexican flag carrier Aeromexico is starting the second half of the year and the beginning of the summer by returning to operating international routes and launching new aircraft. Little by little, the airline is returning to operate at pre-pandemic levels. Aeromexico restarted its operations on July 1 from Mexico City to the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua, where it was received with the traditional water jet. The route will have three flights a week, operating on Tuesday,…

A Unique Airline Returns to The U.S. Skies

Air travel exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time on July 1, when 2,147,090 passengers were screened at TSA checkpoints around the U.S. This represents a 58,330 person increase from July 1, 2019. On the same day that air travel returned to 2019 levels, Taos Air returned to the skies…

Interview: Hawaiian CEO Talks Austin, Future U.S. Growth

After a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic which crippled leisure and business demand as a result of border closures, a wide-body commercial jet was finally seen landing in Austin in late April. Interestingly, the wide-body jet spotted at the airport wasn’t sporting the typical Union Jack tail or…

VivaAerobus to Launch Guanajuato-San Antonio Service

VivaAerobus is expanding its presence at San Antonio International Airport, launching service to Mexico's Guanajuato state to help stimulate further leisure traffic from Southern Texas. Starting May 1, the Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier will add a new direct flight from San Antonio to Bajío International Airport, serving the Greater Bajío region,…

Hawaiian Airlines Expands Continental U.S. Presence In 2021

Following a $97 million loss during the third quarter and the announcement of Boeing 787 delivery deferrals until 2022, Hawaiian Airlines is expanding its continental U.S. network for 2021 as travel begins to rebound. The Honolulu-based airline will fly to three more U.S. mainland destinations next year including Austin; Ontario,…

Interview: JSX Adds Third Texas Destination

As airlines add back service in preparation for their busy holiday season, Dallas-based regional airline JSX has announced it's third destination in the state of Texas. Beginning in January, the airline will fly two routes to the border town of Lajitas, located in west Texas. [caption id="attachment_47059" align="aligncenter" width="976"] JSX…

Coordinating Back-to-Back 787 Critical Cargo Flights

It usually takes months, if not years for airlines to gain approval to operate international routes. Between securing the right ground service equipment at the airport to coordinating with the respective governments, there are many boxes that need to be checked off before an international flight can take flight. The…

As Traffic Dwindles, Austin-Bergstrom Hosts Online Music Festival for Passengers

Empty flights as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have turned bustling airport terminals across the country into eerie, empty halls with closed concession stands and flight display systems showing just a handful of flights per day. As airlines reported record passenger numbers in the years leading up to 2020,…

Spirit Airlines Celebrates Anniversary, Growth In Austin

Spirit Airlines inaugurated new flights to Cancun from five U.S. cities on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in time for spring break travel. The Miramar, Flo.-based carrier now serves Cancun from 11 U.S. destinations with Austin, Nashville, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh joining the list. For Austin, the departure of Spirit flight 1054…

Qatar Airways Celebrates 10 Years of Houston Service

This past March marked the 10th anniversary of Qatar Airways' Doha-Houston route. The Middle Eastern carrier first commenced service to the Energy Capital of the World in March 2009, only its third route to the U.S. at the time. Qatar Airways launched the route to Houston during a time of…