It just got easier to head to Mexico's grand cities. Viva Aerobus, Mexico's ultra-low-cost airline, is expanding to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where it will offer its first flights to both Mexico City and Monterrey starting next month.
Currently, there are no active direct flights to either Mexican city, so airline officials said Viva Aerobus is filling the gap as a direct response to customer demand. The flight to Mexico City is seasonal, running from June 20 to Oct. 25, while the Monterrey flight is the newest year-round nonstop destination starting June 19.
Flights to Mexico City can be booked for Tuesdays and Sundays; one-way tickets are on sale now, starting at $89 with taxes. Flights to Monterrey can be booked for Wednesdays and Saturdays; one-way tickets start at $99 with taxes.
"It is wonderful to be able to welcome our partners from Viva Aerobus to Austin, bringing increased travel options to Mexico City and a fantastic new route to Monterrey," said Jacqueline Yaft, chief executive officer for ABIA.
As the travel industry rebounds, airlines are expanding into ABIA, one of the fastest-growing medium-sized airports in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that airlines started targeting the Austin airport as a result of the tech migration.
ABIA has more direct flights than ever before as airlines focus on the return of leisure travel and more vaccinated people want to book a vacation. This spring and summer, the Austin airport welcomed new nonstop flights to Hawaii and Aspen as well as a dozen more.
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Giga Texas, the massive Tesla factory in southeast Travis County is getting even bigger.
The company filed with the city of Austin this week to expand its headquarters with a new 500,000-square-foot building. The permit application notes “GA 2 and 3 expansion,” which indicates the company will make two general assembly lines in the building.
More details about the plans for the building are unclear. The gigafactory has been focused on Model Y production since it opened in April, but the company is also aiming for Cybertruck production to kick off in mid-2023.
While there is room for expansion on the 3.3 square miles of land Tesla has, this move comes after CEO Elon Musk’s recent comments about the state of the economy and its impact on Tesla.
In a May interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Musk said the gigafactories in Berlin and Austin are “gigantic money furnaces” and said Giga Texas had manufactured only a small number of cars.
And in June, Musk sent a company wide email saying Tesla will be reducing salaried headcount by 10%, then later tweeted salaried headcount should be fairly flat.
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