Be prepared and know travel processes this Thanksgiving, from when to arrive at the airport and security procedures to new art and restaurants.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Be prepared and know travel processes this Thanksgiving, from when to arrive at the airport and security procedures to enjoyable new art and restaurants. A new travel experience will be had by Frontier passengers as they join Allegiant and Via at the South Terminal. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) has more nonstop flights this Thanksgiving and expects robust passenger traffic between November 16 – 25.
The amount of nonstop destinations from Austin has grown since last Thanksgiving from about 70 to 82. Additionally, 10 carriers have started or announced 39 new routes from Austin in the past year. More flights mean more passengers traveling through Austin’s airport.
Regarding arriving at Austin’s airport, travelers should:
Arrive in the terminal at least 2 hours before departures during peak times of 5 – 8 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. For all other times, travelers are advised to arrive 90 minutes before their departure time.
Factor highway construction around the airport, roadway traffic and weather into drive times. Travelers can check highway conditions at https://drivetexas.org/.
Know the terminal at which airlines operate. Allegiant, Frontier and Via operate at the South Terminal and their passenger are encouraged park at the South Terminal. All other airlines operate from the airport’s original Barbara Jordan Terminal.
Airport Barbara Jordan Terminal parking updates are available 24/7 by calling 512-530-3300. See more airport parking information at: www.abiaparking.com.
Check out this video and get familiar with how to pack and passenger screening.
Allegiant, Frontier, Via passengers go to the South Terminal
The South Terminal, at 10000 Logistics Lane, is a separate facility with separate access from the rest of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Travelers should be aware that off-airport parking does not serve the South Terminal. Passengers are encouraged to park at the South Terminal which provides more than 1,000 parking spaces. The South Terminal is accessed from Burleson Road, between US 183 South and FM 973, for details on directions visit http://austinsouthterminal.com/getting-here-parking/ .
New art greets Thanksgiving travelers
A Place to Call Home is a newly installed mural by artist Rakhee Jain Desai. Produced on fabric, the mural colorfully expresses Austin’s electric heritage and hospitality while welcoming newcomers. The work is part of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places TEMPO program. Located in the Barbara Jordan Terminal bag claim near carousel 1, it may be viewed by all airport visitors.
Four new exhibits featuring intriguing local art are displayed on the concourse of the Barbara Jordan Terminal featuring collections of powerful pieces of Latino art, stunning digital creations, vibrant paintings of Texas wildlife, and a bit of Austin weirdness in ceramic form.
Delaware North to provide free Thanksgiving Day meals to active-duty military
On Thanksgiving Day, Delaware North is offering one free entrée item and a free non-alcoholic beverage to active-duty military members with a military ID who are traveling through Austin-Bergstrom at the following concessions:
Annie's Café & Bar (West Terminal)
Austin Java Coffee House (West Terminal)
Juice Land (Food Court)
Peached Tortilla (Food Court)
Salt Lick BBQ (Central Terminal)
iVini (West Terminal)
New this holiday, fuel up one’s body and car
ABIA Food & Fuel is now open in the renovated cell phone lot. Located at 2901 Spirit of Texas Drive, it is available to the public, accessible from SH 71 and features a convenience store with hot food served and a Texaco gas station.
Einstein Bros Bagels / Caribou Coffee (near Gate 24).
Tacodeli: authentically handcrafted tacos and salads (near Gate 24).
Make sure you’re on time for the turkey by carving out extra time during this busy holiday travel season!
Coats, jackets, hats, other such outer garments and shoes must be put through x-ray screening.
TSA’s Pre-Check is available at Checkpoints 1 and 2. To enroll, visit www.tsa.gov.
Remember 3-1-1 for liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on luggage. Three ounces per container, in a clear, one-quart bag, one per passenger and place this in a bin for x-ray.
Pour it out. Bottles containing liquids do not get recycled. Passengers can easily pour out the liquids from bottles at the “Pour It Out” receptacle at checkpoint entries, making the bottles ideal for recycling.
Carry-on luggage is restricted to one bag and one personal item such as a laptop, purse or backpack.
While packing, check luggage to ensure no prohibited items are in the bag or its pockets. For a comprehensive list of banned and permitted items in carry-on baggage, visit the TSA's Web site at www.tsa.gov.
Be prepared for security screening—dress and pack smart. This video has suggestions from the TSA on how to ensure a smooth process.
Wrapped gifts may have to be opened during security inspections.
The first passenger-screening checkpoint opens at 3:30 a.m. and all gates in the Barbara Jordan Terminal are accessible via any of the three security checkpoint:
Checkpoint 1 is on the east end of ticketing, and enters the concourse at Gate 14.
Checkpoint 2 is located in the center of the terminal, and enters the concourse at Gate 20.
Checkpoint 3 is on the west end of ticketing, past the ticket counters and enters the concourse at Gate 24.