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Southwest Airlines adds new nonstop from Austin to East Coast technology hub

Southwest Airlines adds new nonstop from Austin to East Coast tech hub

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Southwest is adding a new nonstop to Raleigh. Southwest Airlines/Facebook

The tech connection between Austin and Raleigh, North Carolina, continues to strengthen. On November 15, Southwest Airlines announced the launch of a brand-new nonstop between the Capital City and the other capital city. 

According to a release, Southwest will begin daily nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Raleigh-Durham International Airport on June 9, 2019. The once-a-day flight will take off from ABIA at 10:05 am, landing in RDA at 2:05 pm. Return flights depart Raleigh at 1:25 pm and arrive in Austin at 3:20 pm. 

The AUS-RDA news is just part of a series of new routes from the Dallas-based carrier. Southwest also announced it is launching nonstop service between Houston's Hobby Airport and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic beginning on June 15, 2019. Outside of Texas, Southwest is beginning a massive expansion to its Nashville service, including three new routes and expanded service for an additional eight.

"These new flights are a result of the demand we're seeing from customers as they ask for more options to the places that matter most in their lives," said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines' Executive VP and Chief Revenue Officer, in a release.

Though the new service is still six months away, flights are already on sale, including one-way fares for as low as $79.

Southwest is the third airline to add service from Austin to Raleigh. Both Delta and Frontier currently offer nonstop flights between the two technology hubs.