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Low-cost airline heats up nonstop service from Austin to sexy vacation destination

Airline heats up nonstop service from Austin to sexy vacation spot

Frontier Airlines plane
Frontier is adding service from Austin to Miami. Frontier Airlines/Facebook

Low-cost Frontier Airlines is launching three-day-a-week service to Miami, one of the country’s sunniest vacation spots and one of the country's busiest gateways to Central America.

From its newly established hub at Miami International Airport, Frontier is adding eight nonstop destinations, including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Miami-bound flights — available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays — will start April 23, 2020, the airline said in a December 18 release.

Frontier’s nonstop flight from Austin to Miami leaves at 4:51 pm and arrives at 8:45 pm. The return flight leaves at 12:09 pm and arrives at 2:19 pm. All times are local.

Frontier spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz says the Austin-Miami route will be seasonal, although no end date has been set for 2020. The window for seasonal service “will be based on the performance of the route as we move forward,” De La Cruz tells CultureMap.

From Miami, Austin passengers will be able to hop on new nonstop Frontier flights to the capitals of El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.

Aside from enabling connections to three popular destinations in Central America, the new Frontier route from AUS to Miami should appeal to cruisegoers. Miami ranks as the busiest cruise port in the U.S. and the world.

Today, only American Airlines offers nonstop service between Austin and Miami, although JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit fly nonstop between AUS and the Miami area’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

During a fare sale to celebrate the new route, roundtrip tickets from Austin to Miami are going for less than $100.

Frontier currently flies to nearly 20 nonstop destinations from the Austin airport’s South Terminal. From January through October, Frontier served nearly 758,000 passengers in Austin, according to Austin-Bergstrom.