Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is in the middle of a long term expansion project to accommodate the increasing number of travelers passing through its doors. While the project won’t be completed until 2040, the early stages of the plan will allow for more flights.
Locals will see additional domestic and international routes – starting with 26 new international destinations.
As of 2022, Austin ranks third on the list of the busiest airports in Texas. Only Dallas and Houston offer more flights.
In Austin, potential passengers can choose from 70 destinations inside and outside the country.
Many airports have seen the number of travelers drastically reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, during Thanksgiving week 2021, Austin saw more passengers than the same week the year before.
The number reached almost 300,000.
Additionally, during a popular sporting event in Austin, the airport saw 35,000 people walk by – more than on any other day in the airport’s history.
Several airlines plan to use the airport’s expansion to offer more routes. They include Allegiant Air, American Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
Allegiant Airlines announces flights from Austin to Louisville, (KT) Amarillo (TY), Orange County (CA), Punta Gorda and Palm Beach (FL), Provo (UT), Sioux Falls (SD), Tulsa (OK), Springfield (MI).
Southwest announces flights from Austin (TX) and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
American Airlines launches flights to Albuquerque (NM) and Denver (CO).
KLM flights from Austin to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Another factor that increases Austin Airport’s popularity is the large migration of California residents to the state.
When the Austin expansion is complete, the airport will have 66 extra gates. Another North Terminal will also be added.
The expansion is currently on pause due to complications related to COVID-19. However, the airport is making immediate adjustments to improve efficiency and customer experience.
The clearest example is the addition of a new TSA checkpoint, which will shorten the security lines.
Some passengers may be pleased to learn that despite the airport’s extensive expansion plan, its leaders also prioritize the environment. In 2019, Austin won an award for its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.