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New Service Between Houston and Victoria, TX

August 31, 2012

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Sun Air International will operate four daily flights between Houston and Victoria, Texas.
Sun Air International is looking to restore air service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Victoria Regional Airport.

The carrier is expected to begin operating four daily flights between the two destinations on September 17, 2012.

“We are excited to start this new service,” says Dave Hackett, senior vice president of marking and planning for Sun International. “We’re approaching this with a long-term plan in mind and we’re confident that it’s going to be a very successful route.”

Hackett says ticket prices for the short flight will range between $29 and $69 each way, with passengers flying in an eight-seat twin prop aircraft.

“It’s important that the people of Victoria have convenient access to George Bush Intercontinental Airport,” says Ian Wadsworth, chief commercial officer for the Houston Airport System. “This is a premiere global gateway. So, once they’ve reached IAH, they’re enjoying access to virtually any point in the world.”

Residents in Victoria enjoyed air service to Houston through Colgan Air, but the airline dropped service between the two destinations on June 30, 2012.  Many Victorians continued to fly through IAH, but only after driving the 200 miles separating the two cities.

“For Victoria to grow and become a destination city, we need air service,” says Milton Chapman, chairman of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

The new service, which is part of the Essential Air Service program (EAS) in place by the US government to guarantee commercial air service to small communities, will use a Piper Chieftan PA31-350 aircraft.  Four daily flights will be available during weekdays, while two daily flights will operate on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Since being selected by the Houston Airport System as the preferred carrier for the route, Sun Air has moved forward with necessary preparations for the September 17 launch date.  Hackett says aircraft refurbishments are under way, security plans are being finalized and the reservation system is being configured. 

Departure times are expected to range from early in the morning to late evening.  Interested travelers can access the new service through their preferred travel agent, or through the travel Web sites Expedia or Orbitz
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