In the Spotlight: MetroAir Virtual Finds Itself at Home in Austin, TX

AUSTIN, TX – San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Chicago, and Boston all have one thing in common: they are the five cities with new non-stop service to Austin on MetroAir Virtual. Over the past three months, MetroAir has added nine daily flights to Texas’ fourth largest city.

Most of these flights have been fueled by Austin’s faced paced growth and the market between technology oriented markets. Austin has been consistently ranked in the top five fastest growing tech markets in the U.S. of the past few years and the fastest growing region overall in Texas.

“Austin has so much going for it right now,” said Chief Media Officer Anders Young, “We’re all very excited here in the MetroAir offices to see what Austin has in store for the future.”

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Austin, TX skyline from the banks of the Colorado River.
Despite being the capital of Texas, the world’s twelfth largest economy, and one of the United States’ fastest growing cities, none of the major U.S. airlines have made Austin a major city of interest. Each of the major national carriers, America, Delta, and United, only serve Austin from their respective hubs and focus cities. Southwest Airlines is currently Austin’s largest operator, but their Austin operations are still greatly overshadowed by Southwest’s hubs in Dallas and Houston.

MetroAir’s currently serves 12 destinations from Austin, nine of which have more that one daily flight. The once daily flight to Boston is operated by a Boeing 757, the largest aircraft MetroAir operates to Austin. This is because that same aircraft continues on to London’s Heathrow Airport from Boston, meaning Austin and London residents have a one-stop direct flight between the two cities. While passengers have the option of connecting through Boston, MetroAir has said the majority of passengers are not on thru tickets.

Thanks to the booming economy of the Austin metropolitan area and its lucrative events such as the annual SXSW festival and Formula One races, the cities’ residents can expect to see more MetroAir green in the future.