|Austin-Bergstrom International Airport|
|Owner||City of Austin|
|Operator||City of Austin Aviation Department|
|Location||Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Opened||May 23, 1999|
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|Elevation AMSL||542 ft / 165 m|
FAA airport diagram
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport or ABIA (IATA: AUS, ICAO: KAUS, FAA LID: AUS, formerly BSM) is a Class C international airport located in Austin, Texas, United States (the capital of Texas), and serving the Greater Austin metropolitan area, the 31st-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Located about 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Downtown Austin, it covers 4,242 acres (1,717 ha) and has two runways and three helipads. It is on the site of what was Bergstrom Air Force Base. The airport and Air Force base were named after Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, an officer who served with the 19th Bombardment Group. The airport replaced Robert Mueller Municipal Airport as Austin's main airport.
A total of 13,889,305 passengers traveled through the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 2017. The airport is now the 34th busiest airport for total passengers in the United States, and the third busiest airport in Texas outside of Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Annual passenger total in 2017 increased by 11.5% from the previous record year of 2016.
Scheduled passenger service began at the airport on Sunday, May 23, 1999. Currently, there are over 250 daily arrivals and 260 daily departures on the typical weekday to 76 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located on the old site of Bergstrom Air Force Base. Austin-Bergstrom replaced Austin's Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, opening to the public on May 23, 1999.
The city began considering options for a new airport as early as 1971, when the Federal Aviation Administration proposed that Austin and San Antonio build a joint regional airport. That idea was rejected, as few Austinites supported driving halfway to San Antonio on Interstate 35 to catch a flight. Afterwards, the city submitted a proposal to the United States Air Force for joint use of Bergstrom Air Force Base in 1976. The Air Force rejected the proposal in 1978 as being too disruptive to its operations.
In the 1980s, neighborhoods around Mueller applied enough political pressure to force the city council to choose a site for a new airport from locations under consideration. In November 1987, voters approved a referendum designating a site near Manor. The city began acquiring the land, but faced lawsuits from the Sierra Club and others concerned about the Manor location and its potential environmental impact.
The plans to construct a new airport at the Manor location were abandoned in 1991 when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission selected Bergstrom AFB for closure, and gave the nod to the city for the land and runways to be converted for use as a civilian airport. The USAF also agreed not to demolish the existing facilities, including the nearly-pristine main runway. The city council decided to abandon the original plan to build the new airport near Manor, and resolved instead to move the airport to the Bergstrom site. The City of Austin hired John Almond--a civil engineer who had recently led the airport design team for the new airport expansion in San Jose, California--as Project Director for the new $585 million airport in Austin and to put together a team of engineers and contractors to accomplish the task. The issue of a $400 million bond referendum for a new airport owned and operated by the city was put to a public vote in May 1993 with a campaign managed by local public affairs consultant Don Martin and then-Mayor Bruce Todd and was approved by 63% of the vote. Groundbreaking for the new airport began in November 1994.
Bergstom AFB's main runway, 17R/35L, was kept intact along with most of its taxiways, as its high weight rating and long length would facilitate eventual service by large long-range airliners while reducing construction costs. Bergstom's original secondary runway, 17L/35R, was closed and partially demolished to allow new sections of taxiway to directly connect the main runway to the terminal complex. A replacement 9,000-foot 17L/35R was built to the east of the terminal site, along with a general aviation complex to the inside of its southern half. Most of the existing military buildings including the original control tower were demolished and cleared to make way for the new terminal and substantial parking facilities, though a hangar complex and parking tarmac to the south was retained, along with a section of tarmac to the northeast of the primary runway which became the foundation for ABIA's freight terminal. A few other existing jet bridges were converted to access roads for ground vehicles, while the family housing area to the northwest would be leveled but some of the roads kept for a Texas Department of Transportation service facility. A large complex of Travis County facilities, including the county correctional facility and sheriff's training academy, already existed just off of the original base; these facilities were left untouched.
Bergstrom had the designator BSM until Mueller's final closure in 1999, when it took Mueller's IATA code of AUS. Initial issues with flight scheduling and routing led to proposed plans to keep Mueller operating in parallel with Bergstrom for a few weeks, but residents near Mueller blocked such efforts by appealing to the FAA, who refused to delay the transfer of the AUS LID or to issue a new airport code for Mueller.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport opened to the public on May 23, 1999 with a 12,250 feet (3,730 m) runway, among the nation's longest commercial runways. The Barbara Jordan passenger terminal was originally conceived as an 18-gate terminal facility with a footprint of a bit more than 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2). However, ABIA was expanded during construction to have 24 contact gates with jet bridges (named Gate 2-Gate 25) and 1 gate without a jet bridge (named Gate 1) for a total footprint of 660,000 sqft.
The opening of the airport coincided with a considerable number of nonstop flights being operated into Austin from the Dallas Metroplex, as American Airlines had decided to compete with Southwest Airlines' scheduled service between Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Austin in addition to American and Delta Air Lines service between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and AUS. At the time, there were forty-two (42) nonstop flights every weekday being operated with mainline jet aircraft from the two primary airports located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to Austin. By contrast, this same OAG lists a combined total of twenty-four (24) nonstop flights every weekday at this time from the two primary airports serving the Houston area, Hobby Airport (HOU) and Intercontinental Airport (IAH), to Austin. These schedules have evolved over time as Austin's population and economic importance has grown and airlines have introduced nonstop flights directly out of Austin instead of routing passengers through existing hubs in Dallas and Houston as they had done before.
The airport's first scheduled transatlantic service, to London-Heathrow, was inaugurated by British Airways in March 2014. Initially operated with primarily Boeing 787 aircraft, the route is currently operated by a Boeing 747-400 during the spring and summer and a Boeing 777-300ER during the fall and winter due to high demand. The 747-400 is currently the largest regularly scheduled passenger aircraft at ABIA. Additional transatlantic service has been added since then, with Condor beginning seasonal service to Frankfurt in 2016 and Norwegian Air Shuttle beginning seasonal service to London-Gatwick in 2018.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is currently in the final stages of preparing their 2040 master plan. Future plans call for, amongst other things, a new 10,000 ft runway and corresponding taxiway improvements, a new head-terminal for expanded check-in, security, and pick-up/drop-off where the existing Garage 1 is, and a new satellite concourse connected via an automated people mover.
The Barbara Jordan Terminal was designed by the Austin firm of Page Southerland Page with associate architect Gensler under contract to the New Airport Project Team, with lead architect University of Texas at Austin Architecture professor Larry Speck. The terminal is 660,000 square feet (61,000 m2) with a total of 25 gates, two of which can be used for wide-body aircraft.
There are several restaurants and food concessions inside the terminal, all but two of which are located inside the secured gate areas of the terminal. Both American Airlines and United Airlines operate lounges for members of their executive lounge programs. The terminal also has a live music stage on which local bands perform in keeping with the spirit of Austin's proclamation as "The Live Music Capital of the World."
The terminal's first major expansion project was completed in the summer of 2015. It added an enlarged customs and immigration facility on the arrivals level capable of processing more than 600 passengers per hour, two domestic baggage claim belts, and an enlarged security checkpoint on the ticketing level. In mid-2016, work began on a new 88,000 square feet (8,200 m2) pier on the east side of the terminal that will increase the total number of contact gates from 24 to 33. These gates will be spaced farther apart, and two gates will be equipped with dual jetbridges in order to accommodate additional flights operated by larger aircraft. The number of flexible-use gates that can accommodate both international and domestic flights will increase from two to six. The extension will also include a 8,926 square foot Delta Sky Club with an outdoor sky deck.
The terminal is connected to a 3,000 space parking garage used for public parking. A consolidated rental car facility that houses counter, pick up, drop off, service and cleaning facilities is connected via walkway to the terminal and parking garage. The addition of the rental car facility, completed in October 2015, allowed the 900 parking spaces previously used for rental cars on the top floor of the parking garage to be converted to additional close-in short term parking.
A secondary terminal known as the South Terminal Austin is used by ultra low cost carrier Allegiant Airlines and VIA Air. The South Terminal is accessed from a separate entrance on the south side of the airport perimeter from Burleson Road; it cannot be accessed from either the main airport entrance from SH 71 or the Barbara Jordan terminal except by completely exiting the airport grounds. A shuttle runs between the two terminals. The facility has a retro look and three passenger gates without airbridges--passengers walk under a covered walkway to board the aircraft by stairs.
The second terminal was originally commissioned as a joint venture with the Mexican-based low-cost airline VivaAerobus, which commenced service from Austin on May 1, 2008. The 30,000 square foot building, which was part of the original Air Force Base facilities, was renovated to meet the standards of a no-frills carrier. VivaAerobus's service was short-lived due to an epidemic of swine flu in Mexico in the spring of 2009 that resulted in high cancellation and no-show rates among leisure travelers, the airline's target demographic. Facing steep losses, the carrier terminated all service to the United States on June 1, 2009. The South Terminal's operator announced the closure of the facility at the same time.
In August 2015, the Austin City Council authorized a 30-year lease on the facility to LoneStar Airport Holdings, LLC, which proposed relocating the ultra-low cost carriers Allegiant Airlines and Frontier Airlines from the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Both carriers had expressed interest in expanding service to Austin but faced physical constraints as the main terminal neared capacity during peak hours. The South Terminal underwent a $12 million renovation with a retro theme in the fall of 2016. Allegiant Airlines's transfer from the Barbara Jordan terminal on April 13, 2017 marked the reopening of the South Terminal.
Runway 17R/35L, to the west of the terminal, is the original runway built and used by the Air Force. The 12,250-foot-long (3,730 m) runway was reconditioned when Austin-Bergstrom was built. The 23-inch-deep (580 mm) concrete runway is dedicated to former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Runway 17L/35R is a new 9,000 foot (2,700 m) runway on the east side of the terminal and parallel with runway 17R/35L. This runway is dedicated to former Congressman J. J. "Jake" Pickle. This runway contains a Category IIIB instrument landing system, the first in Austin.
The runways are watched over by a 227 foot tall air traffic control tower. The tower formerly used by the Air Force has been demolished.
|Aeroméxico Connect||Mexico City|||
|Alaska Airlines||Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma|||
|Allegiant Air|| Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus-Rickenbacker, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Memphis, Orlando/Sanford, Pittsburgh, St. Petersburg/Clearwater |
Seasonal: Fort Walton Beach
|American Airlines||Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Sky Harbor|||
|American Eagle||Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Miami, Phoenix-Sky Harbor|||
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma|||
|Delta Connection|| Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City|
|Frontier Airlines|| Charlotte, Cincinnati, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Ontario, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Washington-Dulles|
Seasonal: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Buffalo, Charleston (SC), Cleveland, Columbus-Glenn, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville (begins August 13, 2018),Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, Orange County (begins August 14, 2018),Orlando, Portland (OR), Philadelphia, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa
|JetBlue Airways||Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, New York-JFK, Orlando|||
|Southwest Airlines|| Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Denver, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Harlingen, Houston-Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), St. Louis, Tampa, Washington-National|
Seasonal: Cancún, Memphis, Portland (OR), Pensacola, Panama City (FL), San José del Cabo
|Sun Country Airlines||Seasonal: Cancún, Minneapolis/St. Paul|||
|United Airlines|| Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles|
Seasonal: Cancún, Los Angeles
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles|||
|Vacation Express||Seasonal charter: Punta Cana|||
|ViaAir|| Amarillo (begins September 19, 2018),Baton Rouge (begins September 13, 2018),Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Orlando/Sanford (begins September 13, 2018),Tucson, Tulsa|
Seasonal: Branson, Hayden/Steamboat Springs
While ABIA opened to passenger traffic in 1999, cargo operations began two years earlier in 1997. 2017 air cargo totaled 189,362,637 pounds (85,893.447 t)., up 8% compared to 2016. International air cargo totaled 26,569,136 pounds (12,051.557 t)., up 40% and belly freight totaled 21,674,912 pounds (9,831.575 t), up 28.5%. Federal Express carried 102,300,000 pounds (46,400 t)., up 3%; and United Parcel Service carried 35,600,000 pounds (16,100 t), up 26%. The Austin area is served by the cargo carriers FedEx Express, UPS Airlines and DHL Aviation. The arrival of British Airways at ABIA in 2014 has been credited with reinvigorating international cargo traffic at ABIA, with international cargo expanding over 200% in the flight's first month of operation. International cargo rates for January-June 2014 showed an 87% increase over the same period in 2013.
|FedEx Express||Brownwood, El Paso, Fort Worth/Alliance, Los Angeles, Memphis, San Angelo|
|UPS Airlines||Houston-Intercontinental, Louisville, Monterrey|
Currently, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines are the top three airlines in Austin in terms of passenger traffic. In 2017, Southwest flew a total of 5,173,344 passengers, American flew a total of 2,628,573 passengers, and United flew a total of 2,262,060 passengers to and from Austin. The next largest carriers at ABIA, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines, and Alaska Airlines, carried 1,776,567, 596,189, 480,801, and 289,549 passengers respectively. The year 2017 saw new service from Allegiant Air to Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater. Delta started service to Raleigh-Durham, Frontier started service to Ontario(CA), Southwest began service to Kansas City, and Sun Country Airlines began seasonal service to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Omaha. ABIA saw its share of international carrier news, on August 17th, Condor announced it would add a third weekly flight to its seasonal service to Frankfurt, Germany in 2018. The 2018 schedule began on Monday, May 28, 2018, and will run through Thursday, September 27, 2018. The additional Wednesday flight began June 27, 2018. On July 5, Norwegian Air Shuttle announced ABIA's third scheduled transatlantic service, 3x weekly flights to London Gatwick Airport beginning March 27, 2018. A new customs facility was completed in December 2014 to help accommodate the recent growth in international travelers.
|1||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||518,000||American|
|2||Atlanta, Georgia||501,000||Delta, Frontier, Southwest|
|3||Denver, Colorado||434,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|4||Los Angeles, California||395,000||American, Delta, Southwest, United|
|6||Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois||329,000||American, Frontier, United|
|8||Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona||292,000||American, Southwest|
|9||San Francisco, California||245,000||Alaska, United, Southwest|
|10||New York-JFK, New York||244,000||American, Delta, JetBlue|
|4||Delta Air Lines||1,776,567|
Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned).
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport website maintains a list of licensed and permitted transportation options: Bus, shuttle, taxi, car service, rentals, and more.
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