How much of that traffic is there, though? (Actual question, I’m asking for data.) I was under the impression that, excepting India traffic (a lot of which is routed on BA via LHR), the PDEW to Asia destinations other than ICN and NRT was fairly low.
Now that you're talking about DEL/BOM, I also think that it's more likely to have one of the ME3 going into AUS first, taking that AUS<->India traffic, then any TPAC.
On the other hand, some number would be nice (I couldn't find them, I remember seeing them somewhere on this site before).
Austin is a different city, vs others you name. I made out several points what Austin can attract, I don't know all the data, though just assuming by looking from the outside.
I say Korean, cause there one Asian carriers has most destinations in the US, if they want to ambitious try new market, then Austin seems good. Austin has many more companies, and industry I am sure that attract business across the world. It not just about AUS to ICN. I am looking at AUS to ICN to XXX. Austin is growing, just like other cities like DFW and Houston.
Well, if you look at where KE fly in CONUS (So no HNL):
JFK - No need to explain. Largest Korean community in US over in Jersey
SFO - No need to explain either
LAX - K-Town is an actual neighborhood for a reason
ORD - Big Korean community here also
SEA - Again, big Korean community. Also now a DL hub.
IAD - NoVA has tons of Korean
LAS - Huge leisure destination (JAL used to fly here also, ended after 911).
ATL - DL hub, and again, fairly big Korean community
DFW - Fairly big Korean community. Even then they can't make this flight daily and opt for codeshare with AA.
No BOS service (Likely next route IMO), nor MSP (DL doesn't operate that either). I just don't see AUS up all that high on priority list.
P.S. Outside of UT, the Eastern Asian population in AUS is just nowhere near that of Houston and DFW. And a fair amount of eastern Asian in UT are from DFW or Houston to begin with.