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Via Airlines
ViaAir logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
VC SRY STINGRAY
Founded1997
AOC #4VAA
Operating bases
Fleet size6
Destinations2
Company sloganAbove and Beyond
HeadquartersMaitland, Florida
Key people
  • Irit Vizer (President & COO)
  • Part 121 Director of Operations - Open
  • Rick Stanger (Director of QCQA)
  • Part 135 Director of Operations - Open
  • Pablo Ratti (Chief Pilot)
  • Keri Edwards (Director of Safety)
Employees270
Websitewww.flyviaair.com

Via Airlines is a US domestic regional airline offering scheduled service across the United States. The airline originally focused on scheduled Essential Air Service from Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beckley, West Virginia, Parkersburg/Marietta in Parkersburg, West Virginia to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina,[1] but has since withdrawn from servicing any areas and will maintain only their charter services.

History[edit]

Via Airlines was established on March 27, 1997 and operated public and private charter flights for corporations, sports teams, casinos, and air travel functions before expanding to scheduled passenger flight services with ViaAir.[2]

Via Airlines began its EAS scheduled flights in December 2014, with the inaugural flight to Beckley, WV taking place on December 3. Prior to ViaAir beginning flights, air service was operated by United Express.[3]The same day as the inaugural Beckley flight, ViaAir announced it would be operating seasonal unsubsidized nonstop service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Florida, with its inaugural flight taking place on December 19, 2014.[4]

After a seasonal trial, an agreement was reached to continue service to St. Augustine from Charlotte and Beckley.[5] In early November 2015, ViaAir announced it would extend its St. Augustine service into 2016.[6]

ViaAir, with flights operated by the Charter Air Transport fleet, offers additional air travel options with its AirCruise and Air Tours products. ViaAir's aviation products began in 2009 with its Air Tours, and introduced AirCruise in 2011.[7] AirCruise introduced a concept similar to naval cruises, but that transports passengers by plane instead of by boat.[8] While naval cruising is limited to ports, AirCruise is able to reach landlocked destinations.

On November 15, 2017, ViaAir announced two new destinations from Austin (Oklahoma City and Tucson), taking its total destinations from Austin up to four. Coinciding with this information was the announcement that "ViaAir plans to base crews and maintenance at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, positioning its Austin based operations to expand. We will roll out additional cities throughout next year as we hope to be known as Austin’s hometown airline." [9] On February 9, 2018 Via announced two new destinations from Austin (Little Rock and Tulsa), bringing the total of destinations served from Austin up to six.

On May 23, 2019, ViaAir announced that it was suspending the majority of its commercial operations, citing a pilot shortage, with the only operating flights being between Orlando-Sanford International Airport and Jackson, MS. [10]

On May 26, 2019, Austin Bergstrom International Airport announced that it would stop doing business with the airline after it failed to make payments to the airport and that its last day of service to Austin would be May 30, 2019.[11]

Destinations[edit]

State City Airport served Notes
Alabama Montgomery Montgomery Regional Airport [12]
Arizona Tucson Tucson International Airport
Arkansas Little Rock Clinton National Airport
Florida Orlando/Sanford Orlando Sanford International Airport Base[13]
Florida Tallahassee Tallahassee International Airport
Louisiana Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
Mississippi Jackson Jackson-Evers International Airport
Missouri Branson Branson Airport Seasonal service (resumes May 23, 2019)
North Carolina Raleigh/Durham Raleigh–Durham International Airport [14]
Oklahoma Tulsa Tulsa International Airport
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport [14]
South Carolina Columbia Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Tennessee Memphis Memphis International Airport Begins June 25, 2019[14]
Texas Amarillo Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
Texas Austin Austin–Bergstrom International Airport Hub. Ending May 30, 2019.[11]

Former destinations[edit]

State City Airport served Notes
Alabama Birmingham Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport [15]
Alabama Mobile Mobile Regional Airport [15]
Colorado Denver Denver International Airport [16]
Colorado Hayden Yampa Valley Airport Seasonal service[17]
Florida St. Augustine Northeast Florida Regional Airport Seasonal Service[18]
Illinois Chicago Midway International Airport [16]
Maryland Baltimore Baltimore–Washington International Airport [19][20]
Missouri Kansas City Kansas City International Airport
New York Farmingdale Republic Airport
New York Niagara Falls Niagara Falls International Airport
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Douglas International Airport
South Carolina Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach International Airport
Texas Dallas/Ft. Worth Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport [16]
Texas Houston William P. Hobby Airport [16]
Virginia Staunton Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [21]
West Virginia Beckley Raleigh County Memorial Airport Essential Air Service
West Virginia Clarksburg North Central West Virginia Airport [19][20]
West Virginia Lewisburg Greenbrier Valley Airport
West Virginia Parkersburg Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Essential Air Service[22]

Fleet[edit]

Via Airlines previous operated Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft

All regional jet aircraft used for ViaAir public charters are operated by its subsidiary, Via Airlines.

Via Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Total
Embraer ERJ-145 6 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subsidized EAS report for non-Alaska communities-Nov 2016" (PDF). Cms.dot.gov. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Private Air Charter Company | Charter Air Transport". Charterairtransport.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ Pritt, Pamela. "ViaAir takes off from Raleigh Memorial (W/ VIDEO)". Beckley Register-Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  4. ^ "First ViaAir flight lands in St. Augustine". StAugustine.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  5. ^ "ViaAir says it will continue its service between St. Augustine and Charlotte through 2015". StAugustine.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  6. ^ "ViaAir Extends Flight Service to/from St. Augustine, FL into 2016". Blog.flyviaair.com.
  7. ^ "ViaAir Tours | A Flight Above the Rest". Mauivaairtours.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  8. ^ "ViaAircruise". Mauivaaircruise.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  9. ^ "Austin Announcements". Blog.flyviaair.com. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Beahm, Anna (May 23, 2019). "Via Airlines leaving all Alabama airports effective immediately". al.com. Retrieved Jun 7, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "After nonpayment, Via Airlines will no longer be operating out of ABIA". KXAN. May 26, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  12. ^ "Montgomery airport gets direct service to Orlando". The Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  13. ^ "ViaAir Announces New Flight Service and Special $99* Introductory Fares". Blog.flyviaair.com. 31 October 2016.
  14. ^ a b c Kontoravdis, Mateen (10 January 2019). "Via Airlines Adds 7 New Routes in Largest Expansion Yet". Airlinegeeks.com. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Via Airlines leaving all Alabama airports effective immediately". Al.com. May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d "ViaAir schedules May 2017 Branson debut". Routesonline.com.
  17. ^ Davis, Mark. KCI to gain ViaAir flights to Steamboat Springs, Colo., this winter, Kansas City Star, July 26, 2017, Retrieved 2017-08-03
  18. ^ Korfhage, Stuart. "Via drops service to Charlotte, hints at adding new routes". The St. Augustine Record. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  19. ^ a b Swiger, Darlene J. Via Air to begin flying to Baltimore and Charlotte from NCWV Airport on Oct. 1, The Exponent Telegraph, September 16, 2016, Retrieved 2017-08-03
  20. ^ a b Young, Charles. Official: May 7 last day for Via Air service at North Central West Virginia Airport, The Exponent Telegraph, April 19, 2017, Retrieved 2017-08-03
  21. ^ "ORDER SELECTING CARRIER AND ESTABLISHING SUBSIDY RATES" (PDF). Regulations.gov. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Via cancels remaining flights at MOV airport". Newsandsentinel.com. Retrieved 2 April 2019.

External links[edit]

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