Four new nonstop flights will be offered from Birmingham beginning this April.
Via Airlines, a carrier based in Florida that flies 50-seat Embraer ERJ145s, will offer direct flight service from Birmingham to Mobile, Austin, Pittsburgh and Raleigh beginning in the spring. This announcement brings Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s (BHM) number of nonstop destinations to 22 airports in 19 cities.
Birmingham was selected as a focus city by the airline and will be a key part of its ongoing expansion efforts.
“Birmingham is an amazing city and we’re excited about the opportunity to serve both its business and leisure travelers,” said Irit Vizer, president and COO of Via Airlines. “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.”
The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) was a part of the team that brought Via Airlines to Birmingham, coordinating meetings with the airlines and local businesses and BBA leadership to gauge commitment and developing supporting research.
“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 joins American, Delta, Southwest, United and Frontier airlines in serving more than 2.8 million passengers each year at BHM. The new flights are currently available for booking here, and companies are able to join Via’s Corporate Incentive program, which offers exclusive savings on travel plans.