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Airlines join the Texodus: Austin airport targeted for direct flights

Airlines are choosing to expand in Austin as a result of the growing city. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

Austin's culture is attracting more than just big tech. Airlines are taking advantage of the Austin craze and building their brands at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

A year after the aviation industry saw record-low traffic, ABIA reports a leisure travel rebound. The result? More direct flights to vacation destinations rather than business-travel markets.

Adding more flights is American with 10 new flights including to New Orleans and Aspen; Alaska with 60% more seats than in 2019; Southwest now offers four flights more than in 2019; Hawaiian just added nonstop flights to Honolulu; Allegiant is building a new base at the south terminal; and Delta looking to establish itself as a key player at the medium-sized airport by dropping other cities to focus on the Texas capital, according to the Wall Street Journal.

All direct flights from ABIA. (ABIA)

An airport official told the Journal that airlines started really taking action at the Austin airport as a result of the Texodus, in which tech companies are relocating and expanding to the Hill Country.

Airport traffic was still down 72% for February, the latest recorded month, but the city's continued population growth, strong job market and continuing vaccine rollout ensures a bright future for the airport.


A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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