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Viva Aerobus adds a direct flight from Austin to Mexico City. (Shutterstock)

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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