NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Direct flights between Albuquerque and Las Cruces are now underway. Advanced Airlines started the flights this week.

One-day tickets are $70 plus tax, while round-trip cost around $180. “I have a lot of family here in Las Cruces and we live in Albuquerque, so that would make our travel time way shorter than what it is right now,” said one traveler.

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“I think it’s really cool. I really like that now we can have the option just because if it is like, if I have to take a flight, I would have to drive an hour to El Paso, an hour back, so now, it’s just more convenient,” said another traveler.

A flight from Albuquerque to Las Cruces takes around 54 minutes. Traveling by car would take around three hours.