Southwest launches nonstop flight from Austin to hot summer travel spot

Southwest launches nonstop Austin flight to hot summer travel spot

Southwest Airlines airplane jet flying
Southwest Airlines' new nonstop flight will get you to Albuquerque in no time. Photo by Dylan Ashe/Wikipedia

Planning a summer getaway in New Mexico just got easier. Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday that it is launching nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Albuquerque International Sunport.

Beginning June 12, nonstop flights will take off Sundays at 12:15 pm from Albuquerque and 3:30 pm from Austin, an ABIA representative tells CultureMap. The airfare won't set you back too much either. One-way tickets from Austin are available for as low as $165; one-way tickets from Albuquerque start at just $73.

In addition to being New Mexico's largest city, Albuquerque is the gateway to sought-after travel destinations like Santa Fe (an hour's drive) and Taos (two-and-a-half hours away).

The Austin-Albuquerque nonstop service is billed as a seasonal addition, but there is currently no end date. If Texans and New Mexicans are equally obsessed with the route, which we bet they will be, it will be made available year-round.

News of this Southwest service comes on the heels of Allegiant Air's announcement of a nonstop flight between the same two destinations beginning June 2.

Austin has been attracting more and more nonstop flights from both airlines. Most recently, Southwest added direct flights from our fair city to Memphis, Tennessee; Seattle; Boston; Portland, Oregon; St. Louis; and Orange County, California. Last year, Allegiant added Memphis; Cincinnati; and Orlando, Florida.