1st of Austin’s 6 new worldwide flights this yr takes off now

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Bergstrom is acquiring a minor additional intercontinental.

A new nonstop route to Amsterdam usually takes off Monday night, with airport officials and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines hosting a celebration to commemorate it.

The airline — the flag carrier of the Netherlands — will fly the new route three periods a 7 days, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flights are right away, using off from Austin at 6 p.m. and landing in Amsterdam at 10:25 the pursuing early morning.

Return flights take off at 12:40 p.m. local time and land at 4:10 p.m. in Austin. The time zone variance in between Austin and Amsterdam is 7 hrs.

Flights were being at first scheduled to commence in Could 2020, but ended up delayed for the reason that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“AUS is thrilled to last but not least start nonstop service to Amsterdam,” reported Jacqueline Yaft, the airport’s CEO. “Offering direct service to European towns is a large priority for AUS and this is a milestone we have been keen to satisfy because May of 2020.”

Amsterdam was formerly discovered as a priority route for the airport. In January 2021, the town of Austin accredited featuring incentives to airlines which introduced in new routes, specifically those people considered a prime priority.

In addition to Amsterdam, Beijing, Dublin, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo had been highlighted as priorities. Nonstop flights to Hawaii were also prioritized, leading to Hawaiian Airways beginning an Austin-Honolulu route in April 2021.

The new Amsterdam route is not the only worldwide nonstop getting launched in 2022. So significantly, five other routes have been introduced:

  • Lufthansa will fly to Frankfurt, Germany, beginning April 8. This route was suspended in March 2020 due to the fact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Air Canada will fly to Vancouver, Canada, beginning June 1.
  • American Airways will fly to Cozumel, Mexico, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, commencing June 11. Southwest Airways will also fly to Cozumel beginning the identical working day.
  • Spirit Airways will fly to Monterrey, Mexico, beginning June 22.

In addition, Virgin Atlantic introduced it will start off flights to London Heathrow on Might 25. The route is now made available by British Airways.

10 worldwide routes are presently supplied out of AUS, four of which are in Mexico. Prior to the Amsterdam route, London was the only European metropolis served immediately from Austin.