Officials say ABIA needs expansion to meet mega growth
August 7, 2012
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is only 13 years old, but airport managers say it's nearing capacity.
Last year, ABIA handled nearly 9.1 million passengers, and it’s only built to handle 11 million. While the Federal Aviation Administration estimates the airport will surpass capacity by 2018, ABIA officials say that could happen in just two years.
If approved by the City Council, the work would start next September and be completed by June 2015.
The video accompanying the story is a lot more informative than the article.
And this was from last week from The Austin American Statesman:
Pending improvements at Bergstrom: steel barriers, new road from cellphone waiting area, repaving
July 31, 2012
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, now more than a dozen years old, would get more secure entrances and exits, a smoother drive and a new cellphone waiting area under almost $5 million in contracts that the Austin City Council will consider Thursday.
(City Council approved it and this work should start this September.)
Also, AUS released it's June Activity Report today.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Aviation Activity Report
Calendar Year 2012 vs 2011
June saw 844,994 total passengers, (up 3.67% from last year) and this figure included 5,452 international passengers.
June Y-T-D traffic is 4,591,402 total passengers (up 3.98% from last year.) Of those, 6,231 were international passengers.