- Delta Air Lines has launched new nonstop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Orlando and Las Vegas.
- The inaugural flights were were operated by an Airbus A320 with various amenities such as WiFi and personal video.
- While Delta faces competition on both routes, the airline is the fourth largest at AUS.
Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) welcomed new flights to two popular destinations within its route network. On Monday, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines launched service to Orlando and Las Vegas.
The airline commemorated the inaugural flights by offering sweet treats for the passengers. While new for the carrier, neither route is unknown to AUS, as five other airlines offer service to both cities.
To Orlando, DL934 pushed back from its gate six minutes early at 07:45 (CDT), according to FlightAware. The flight was airborne at 08:01 and flew for nearly two hours, landing at Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 10:48. It arrived at gate 73 at 10:57. DL1774, which was the return flight, departed MCO at 12:18 and landed at AUS at 14:03, marking about a three-hour journey.
According to FlightAware, DL1771, bound for Las Vegas, pushed back from its gate at AUS at 15:18 and was airborne by 15:44. It landed at Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) at 16:06 and arrived at its gate at 16:18, for a total flight time of three hours. The return flight, DL902, departed LAS at around 17:40 and arrived at AUS at 21:58, slightly shorter than the LAS-bound flight at two hours and 39 minutes.
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Both routes were operated by an Airbus A320. Delta’s A320s accommodate 16 passengers in first class, 18 in Delta Comfort+, and 123 in the main cabin. The aircraft also has WiFi and USB in-seat power, AC power outlets, personal video, and satellite TV at every seat.
Flight data indicates that the airline will deploy the aircraft type on the routes in the foreseeable future, but as seasons change, other planes such as the A220, A319, A321, or Boeing 737-800 or -900 could be utilized.
Fourth-largest at AUS
From AUS, Delta also operates flights to its hubs in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York JFK, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. Delta Connection, the airline’s regional brand, also offers daily flights to Cinncinatti and Raleigh/Durham. According to Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, the MCO and LAS flights will be offered year-round and were launched based on demand trends.
Photo: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
However, the airline will face quite the competition on both routes. Between AUS and LAS, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Allegiant Air offer nonstop services, while American, Southwest, and Spirit fly to MCO. Delta is the fourth largest airline at AUS based on operating numbers, according to KXAN. The carrier came right behind United Airlines, carrying over 750,000 passengers from the airport in the first four months of the year.
The new flights come as AUS is gearing up for a record-breaking October. Last week, the airport said it is bracing for “busier-than-usual weekends” this month as Austin is set to host large events, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Formula 1 Lenovo United States Grand Prix that “attract hundreds of thousands of people to the city.” According to the airport, airline seats for sale have increased by about 5% compared to last year.