Today Via Airlines announced nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham, N.C. to Birmingham, Ala., making Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) a key part of their ongoing expansion efforts throughout the southeastern U.S. The first flight on this new nonstop route between Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Birmingham, Ala., takes off April 11, 2019.
The new nonstop flight in and out of Raleigh-Durham will operate four times each week on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) on Via Airlines’ 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jet.
As one of the fastest growing airlines in the U.S., Via Airlines is known for nonstop, low-cost, high-value flights where passengers are treated as guests. With the ERJ-145 jet’s 2:1 seat configuration, no guest is subject to the dreaded middle seat and can fly comfortably for significantly less than the cost of other travel options.
“Raleigh-Durham is a great city and we’re excited to introduce nonstop service to Birmingham,” said Dominic Acevedo, Via Airlines’ Vice President of Flight Operations. “Nonstop service not only helps travelers move to and from these destinations faster and more economically than existing options, including driving, but also ensures the opportunity for our own steady growth and continued provision of reliable service for the Raleigh-Durham market and beyond,” added Dominic.
Further enriching the Raleigh-Durham economy, the new high-demand, nonstop service from the reliable and well-established airline provides a huge boon for business and leisure travelers alike.
“We are excited to welcome Via Airlines to RDU and the Research Triangle community,” said Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth. “Via service between Raleigh-Durham and Birmingham will strengthen the connectivity between our two vibrant business communities.”
Now serving a total of 19 cities across the U.S., the Raleigh-Durham route announcement is a part of the established carrier’s largest expansion to date. Three new focus cities were announced at the same time as Raleigh-Durham and Birmingham today, including Hartford, Conn., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Memphis, Tenn.
Tickets are available for purchase on www.flyviaair.com. Guests can also book by calling 800-565-5042. Via Airlines also participates in the GDS (Global Distribution Systems), allowing bookings through local travel agencies, online travel agencies and corporate reservation booking tools.
Nonstop Birmingham, Ala. (BHM) to/from Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (RDU):
Days of Operation: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday
Departure Times: 2:33 p.m. from BHM and 5:21 p.m. from RDU
Start of Operations: April 11, 2019
Aircraft Type: ERJ-145
About Via Airlines
Founded in 1997, Via Airlines is a domestic airline offering daily scheduled flights across the U.S. Via Airlines was the first airline to be certified under the new FAA safety regulations, ensuring the highest level of safety in the aviation industry. The airline operates a fleet of 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145’s and 30-seat EMB-120’s, which effectively provide guests with low-cost, high-value, convenient, and comfortable travel experiences. Visit flyviaair.com for additional information and to book flights.”
About the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority operates Raleigh-Durham International Airport. In 2017, 11.6 million passengers, about 32,000 people per day, flew through RDU. With 68 nonstop destinations and 10 airlines, RDU connects central North Carolina to the people and places that matter most. RDU powers our region’s economy with an $8.5 billion annual economic impact supporting 5,000 on campus and 20,000 regional jobs. RDU has the lowest average airfare of major North Carolina airports and was named the best connected medium hub airport by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Aviation in 2016 and 2017. Learn about the Airport Authority board, including its monthly meetings.