Y'all, at this point, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is hipper than Launderette on a Saturday night. Between the bevy of new dining destinations and the multitude of new nonstop flights (and private jets!) being added to the roster, ABIA is a bonafide grown-up airport.
ViaAir, the low-cost airline that flies from ABIA to destinations like Branson, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, is adding another city to its list: Baton Rouge. Louisiana's capital city (and one of the best spots to celebrate Mardi Gras) boasts great dining destinations, family fun, and more than three centuries of history. Located just 80 miles from New Orleans, it's also a great starting point for a road trip through Louisiana's storied bayous and small towns.
The nonstop route from ABIA to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport departs beginning on September 13, and will offer flights Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Flights take off from ABIA's South Terminal at 11:45 am and land at BTR 1:03 pm. Return flights take off from Baton Rouge at 1:30 pm and arrive in Austin at 3:08 pm.
And while we're here, let's take a moment to note that this flight takes off from the South Terminal, not the Barbara Jordan Terminal we all know and love. For those of you who are reading this and asking, "Austin has two terminals?" Yes, we do. And it's better you find out here than after you're dropped off at the Barbara Jordan Terminal and amped for your cool trip to Baton Rouge only to realize that you're in the wrong place. Once you realize your mistake, you have to get on a bus with a bunch of other people who had no idea ABIA had a second terminal, many of whom are late and stressed, and take a ride to a terminal that's so rarely used that no one has even bothered to name it, instead just calling it "South Terminal."
In addition to introductory $99 fares for the new nonstop to Baton Rouge, ViaAir is currently offering one-way deals from Austin to Tulsa; Oklahoma City; Little Rock; Tucson; and Branson, Missouri.