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A look at OKC's newest airline

Courtesy of ViaAir
Courtesy of ViaAir

ViaAir began its service from Oklahoma City to Will Rogers over the weekend with flights to Austin, one of about 18 destinations the airline serves. 

ViaAir got its start in 1997 as a charter carrier for sports teams, casinos and public charters. It began passenger service in 2014 and operates a fleet of Embraer E-145 regional jets seating about 50. Round trip flights to Austin, the only destination it serves directly from Oklahoma City, can be found for as low as $250 round trip. 

For folks who like Austin this is a welcome addition. United, Southwest, Delta and American all fly there, but most require connections in either Dallas or Houston. Their fares are also slightly higher. A quick check on Kayak found prices from $300 to $350. Given that many people who visit Austin from Oklahoma City usually drive, it's not a route that has traditionally been brimming with options. 

Fees are pretty typical with the first checked bag $25 and the second $35. There are stricter weight limits, however. Bags over 30 pounds are charged $50. Passengers are allowed one carry-on. 

ViaAir also flies to Branson, Charlotte, Orlando and Steamboat, among other destinations. 

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›