patrickjp93 wrote:TWA902fly wrote:kimimm19 wrote:Yeah I think Podonktown, USA is eyeing big international routes as well...
You are aware the Austin metro area's GDP is roughly the same as Brussels, right? With almost an identical population size.
Brussels Airport is also just a vastly better airport than AUS. No one is happy clearing customs in the U.S.. I think IAH may be the best at it. AUS is almost as bad as LAX. Over 75 minutes to clear customs and get baggage from the first international flight of the morning
Most people flying to Austin have Austin as their final destination - it's not a hub. Are you saying your anecdotal experience of a long wait at customs at AUS means people would rather fly go Houston, go through customs there, wait, get on another flight, and then fly the short hop to Austin?
Also - we are not comparing how good of an airport Austin and Brussels are - what I am comparing is GDP, population, and as such - the propensity to travel. If airlines chose destinations based on how good of an airport a city had - no airline would fly to LOS, for example.