JDawgboy512 wrote:And that's the question really, is if a carrier decides to do a hub or if we are simply expecting an increasing number of new carrier additions along with current carrier route additions? How much of an additional expansion are they considering once this one is complete and how the new timeline will be implemented?
That is just it, there really isn't many carriers left to add. Domestically, I believe the only US carrier left that doesn't serve AUS is NK (I don't count Hawaiian because they barely serve anyone outside of the west coast). NK will come fairly soon (barring a merger with F9), but even when they come, they will only need a few gates. I don't see a lot of foreign carriers coming because of the lack of a hub for any airline at AUS.
As such, I don't understand where they are getting the need for up to 125 gates from. I see a lot of growth for AUS, but I only see it going into the 25-30 million range within the next 20 years unless a hub comes to town. Honestly, they could add a mirror image of the current terminal on the south side of the property with 25-35 or so gates (bringing the gate total up to 65-70), connect it to the current terminal via an underground people mover and it would be more than adequate for the foreseeable future IMO.