On April 8, Southwest Airlines announced a major national service expansion — including three nonstop routes from Austin.
This week, the Texas-based airline began daily nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Southwest also announced that ABIA will be adding a daily nonstop route to Sacramento International Airport (SMF).
"We expect an instant success for these two routes linking the Heart of Texas to Northern California,” said Kevin Sullivan, Southwest's director of corporate sales, in a release. The airline currently offers direct flights from Austin to both San Jose and Oakland.
A flight that is bound to be very popular among the Austin-San Francisco tech set, the ABIA to SFO nonstop takes off from Austin at 3:30 pm and arrives at SFO at 5:25 pm. The return flight leaves SFO at 5:55 am and arrives in Austin at 11:30 am.
Those looking to get from the Capital City to, well, another capital city, Austin to Sacramento departs from ABIA at 7:55 pm and arrives SMF at 9:45 pm. The nonstop returns from Sacramento at 6:30 am, landing in Austin at 11:50 am.
And while it may not be as glamorous as going to the Golden State, Southwest also announced a new nonstop flight to Indiana, which is welcome news for people from Indiana, fans of Parks and Recreation, and sports enthusiasts alike. The new nonstop route services Indianapolis, and departs on Sundays from ABIA at 1 pm and arrives at IND at 4:20 pm. The return flight leaves IND at 4:20 pm and arrives in Austin at 6:05 pm.
In total, Southwest now offers 68 daily departures from Austin, making it the single largest airline servicing ABIA.