Starting June 6 there will be an expanded choice of flight options between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Austin, Texas. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has just announced one daily nonstop will operate six days of the week to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, adding new competition to the route that is dominated locally by Delta Air Lines which flies between the two cities three times daily.
Southwest’s Boeing 737 service from Terminal 2 will depart MSP at 3:05 p.m., arriving in Austin at 5:45 p.m. Northbound flights leave AUS at 12 noon, arriving at 2:40 p.m.
In 2019, Austin was the 28th largest domestic market from the Twin Cities, averaging 329 daily passengers which computes to 120,000 annually. Since 2016, passenger volume between the two airports has increased by 64%.
Houston-Hobby nonstop service from the Twin Cities was inaugurated by Southweest in March, and the carrier now has 16 routes from MSP in its schedule including multiple daily flights to Chicago-Midway, Denver, Baltimore-Washington and Atlanta.
Overall, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is now averaging 343 daily passenger flights among all carriers, up slightly from 339 in March, as the airline industry continues its slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated the industry.