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7 more nonstop cheap flights come to Austin airport

Allegiant Airlines adds seven nonstop flights at the Austin airport. (CC)

As the travel industry rebounds, flying keeps getting easier at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where seven new nonstop flights from Allegiant Airlines have been added.

The new routes include:

  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Orange County, California
  • Provo, Utah
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

The flights will start in November out of the expanded South Terminal. One-way tickets are starting as low as $39 for tickets purchased by today, June 30.

Airlines have been expanding their reach at ABIA, where more nonstop direct flights have been added across multiple airlines. Allegiant already had 13 direct flights out of Austin.

Allegiant announced that it will establish a new $75 million base at ABIA's South Terminal in April, creating 89 jobs and housing three airplanes. It is scheduled to open in mid-November.

"Allegiant's continued commitment to the Austin market is a welcome expansion and great addition to the South Terminal's core offering: greater access to low-cost airfare in a convenient terminal with affordable, on-site parking and exceptional amenities," said Jeff Pearse, CEO of LoneStar Airport Holdings LLC. "We are eager to continue supporting Allegiant's growing presence in Central Texas."


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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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