With an influx of international race fans set to begin arriving Tuesday, workers have completed an expansion of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s customs facility that will double its capacity.
The changes will allow agents to clear 150 to 170 passengers an hour through customs — flights with predominately foreign nationals on board take longer to process, officials said — up from 80 to 120 an hour before the expansion.
The customs facility expansion, which cost about $250,000 and took only a couple of months, likely will be in place for about three years. The Austin City Council in October approved a $6.3 million design contract for what would be a four-story, 40,000-square-foot addition to the terminal — construction should cost another $40 million or so — that would permanently expand the customs capacity to 350 passengers an hour or more.
That project, Austin officials hope, could draw regular European airline flights to and from Austin, but would also speed the handling of F1-related arrivals in future years.
|Quoting strangr (Reply 9):|
I believe the Aussie GP is the biggest logistical Nightmare as the teams are so far from home base