Via Airlines has announced it will launch new nonstop service between Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Central Florida and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Central Texas on September 13th. The new nonstop flights will operate three times each week to/from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and two times each week to/from Orlando Sanford International Airport with 50-seat Embraer ERJ- 145 jets.
The BTR – Austin-Bergstrom flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays with 1:38 p.m. departures. The BTR – Orlando Sanford International flights will operate on Mondays and Thursdays and depart at 1:48 p.m.
“Baton Rouge is an amazing city and we’re excited about the opportunity to serve both its business and leisure travelers alike with nonstop jet service to/from both Orlando Sanford International Airport in Central Florida and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Central Texas as we bring the convenience of nonstop flights to these markets as part of our 2018 expansion,” said Matthew Macri, Via Airlines’ Vice President of Operations. “Via Airlines takes pride in being the airline of the hospitality industry. Our jet service to Orlando and Austin will move travelers to and from Baton Rouge far faster and more economical than existing options or traveling by car. When flying with us you are truly our guest, not just a passenger,” added Macri.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said, “Thank you Via Airlines for having the confidence in Baton Rouge to add two new nonstop destinations in Austin and Orlando. Area residents will enjoy visiting the many attractions they have to offer, but the nonstop flights will also be a significant time saver for business travelers whether they are flying from Baton Rouge or into Baton Rouge.”
“This is a big win for Baton Rouge, and we look forward to a long relationship between our area and Via Airlines,” said Cleve Dunn Jr., BTR Airport Commission Chairman. “During my time as Baton Rouge Metro Airport Commissioner and Chairman of the board , I have heard from numerous people throughout the Baton Rouge Metro area about their desire to see more airlines, origins and destinations at BTR. Attracting low cost carriers has been the mission of our board and staff so that we may give our business and leisure travelers more options to choose from. Today highlights the result of those efforts. I’d like to thank our Interim Aviation Director , Mike Edwards, and our Interim Assistant Aviation Director , Greg Pierson. These two gentlemen were chosen to lead this administration throughout our transition and search for a permanent aviation director. They have worked well together getting the business community, the Mayor’s office and other stake holders on board with making BTR more of a priority. Their work played a key role in giving us this air service growth opportunity.”
“We are elated that Via Airlines has chosen to partner with Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) as their newest destination for nonstop service,” said Mike Edwards, Interim Director of Aviation at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. “The addition of Via Airlines is yet another positive growth factor for BTR, and is an exciting response to local demand for additional air service options.” “Austin and Orlando are major destinations for both business and leisure travel, and the Greater Baton Rouge community will greatly benefit from these new non-stop routes.”
Service begins September 13th and fares start at $99 each way. Book reservations by visiting flyviaair.com or calling 800-565-5042. Via Airlines also participates in the GDS (Global Distribution Systems), allowing bookings through local travel agencies, online travel agencies (Expedia, Orbitz, etc.), and corporate reservations booking tools.
Baton Rouge (BTR) to/from Orlando Sanford (SFB):
Days of Operation: Mondays and Thursdays
Time of Operation: Depart BTR @ 1:48 pm Arrive SFB @ 4:30 pm
Depart SFB @ 11:45 am Arrive BTR @ 12:45 pm
Baton Rouge (BTR) to/from Austin (AUS):
Days of Operation: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Time of Operation: Depart BTR @ 1:38 pm Arrive AUS @ 3:08 pm
Depart AUS @ 11:45 am Arrive BTR @ 1:03 pm