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Via Airlines Reveals Pittsburgh as Focus City with Four New Routes as Part of Largest Expansion Yet

 
 

Via Airlines Reveals Pittsburgh as Focus City with Four New Routes as Part of Largest Expansion Yet

PITTSBURGH - Today Via Airlines announced nonstop service to four new destinations from Pittsburgh, Pa., making Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) key to their ongoing expansion efforts throughout the northeast. The new destinations include nonstop service to Birmingham, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn. and Hartford, Conn., with through service to Austin, Texas, from Memphis. The first flight from Pittsburgh takes off in April with other routes flying in June and July of 2019.

Now serving a total of 19 cities across the U.S., the Pittsburgh route announcement is a part of the established carrier’s largest expansion to date. The new nonstop flights will operate four times each week to/from Pittsburgh International Airport with Via Airlines’ 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

As one of the fastest growing airlines in the U.S., Via Airlines is known for nonstop, low-cost, high-value flights where passengers are treated as guests. With the ERJ-145 jet’s 2:1 seat configuration, no guest is subject to the dreaded middle seat, and can fly comfortably for significantly less than the cost of other travel options.

 “Pittsburgh is an amazing city and we’re elated to introduce nonstop service to both its business and leisure travelers to/from Birmingham, Memphis, and Hartford,” said Don Bowman, Via Airlines’ Director of Business Development. “Nonstop service not only helps travelers move to and from these destinations faster and more economically than existing options, including traveling by car, but also ensures the opportunity for our own steady growth and continued provision of reliable service for the Pittsburgh market and beyond,” added Don.
 
Further enriching Pittsburgh’s current economic renaissance, the new high-demand, nonstop service from a reliable, well-established airline provides a huge boon for business and leisure travelers alike.

“We’re pleased to offer more nonstop destinations at Pittsburgh International with the arrival of Via Airlines which connects important mid-size markets to our region,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Via’s expansion here means more economic development opportunities for new and existing businesses.”
 
“Nonstop air service is critical to our business community and we’re excited to welcome Via, which recognizes our strong market,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “Via is a proven carrier with experience in connecting mid-size cities.”
 
Sylvester Lavender, Birmingham Airport Authority Interim President and CEO, commented on the mutual excitement happening in Birmingham, Ala., around the new route between the two cities, “We are very pleased that Via Airlines has committed to making Birmingham a focus city in addition to Pittsburgh through Pittsburgh International Airport. The addition of Pittsburgh and three new cities to be served nonstop offers our community more connectivity, convenience, and affordability for both business and leisure travelers.”

Initially the new routes from Via Airlines will create about 10 Pittsburgh-based jobs with this number likely to increase with the established carrier’s growth in the market.

Tickets are available for purchase on www.flyviaair.com. Guests can also book by calling 800-565-5042. Via Airlines also participates in the GDS (Global Distribution Systems), allowing bookings through local travel agencies, online travel agencies, and corporate reservations booking tools.


Route Details
Nonstop Birmingham, Ala. (BHM) to/from Pittsburgh, Pa. (PIT):
Days of Operation:     Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday
Departure Times:       1:24 p.m. from BHM and 12:06 p.m. from PIT
Start of Operations:   4/11/2019
Aircraft Type:              ERJ-145
     
Nonstop Memphis, Tenn. (MEM) to/from Pittsburgh, Pa. (PIT):
Days of Operation:     Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Departure Times:       10:21 a.m. from MEM and 5:21 p.m. from PIT
Start of Operations:   6/25/2019
Aircraft Type:              ERJ-145
 
Nonstop Hartford, Conn. (BDL) to/from Pittsburgh, Pa. (PIT):
Days of Operation:     Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Departure Times:       3:27 p.m. from BDL and 1:39 p.m. from PIT
Start of Operations:   7/22/2019
Aircraft Type:              ERJ-145
 
Through Service Austin, Texas (AUS) Through Memphis, Tenn. (MEM) to/from Pittsburgh, Pa. (PIT):
Days of Operation:     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Departure Times:       8:15 a.m. from AUS and 5:21 p.m. from PIT
Start of Operations:   6/25/2019
Aircraft Type:              ERJ-145
 
About Via Airlines
Founded in 1997, Via Airlines is a domestic airline offering daily scheduled flights across the U.S. Via Airlines was the first airline to be certified under the new FAA safety regulations, ensuring the highest level of safety in the aviation industry. The airline operates a fleet of 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145’s and 30-seat EMB-120’s, which effectively provide guests with low-cost, high-value, convenient, and comfortable travel experiences. Visit flyviaair.com for additional information and to book flights.”
 
About Allegheny County Airport Authority
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader. Its 2017 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at www.flypittsburgh.com/AR17.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 9 million passengers annually on 17 carriers. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and J.D. Power have again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2018.
 
Airport Media Contact: Bob Kerlik
Pittsburgh International Airport
bkerlik@flypittsburgh.com
 
Via Airlines Media Contact: Don Bowman
218 Jackson Street
Maitland, Florida 32751
donald.bowman@flyviaair.com