Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has more flights and expects robust passenger traffic this holiday season.
AUSTIN, Texas – Make a list and check it twice to prepare for holiday travel. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) has more flights and expects robust passenger traffic this holiday season. Being prepared and knowing travel processes can be helpful to holiday passengers.
Travelers should know when and where to arrive; security procedures and what may have changed since their last visit to the airport. Pick-up location for taxis and ride app car services now operate from the ground level of the Rental Car Facility, while Frontier Airlines has joined Allegiant and ViaAir at the South Terminal.
The amount of nonstop destinations from Austin has grown since last year from about 70 to approximately 80. Additionally, 11 carriers have started or announced over 40 new routes from Austin in the past year. More flights mean more passengers traveling through Austin’s airport.
Being prepared and knowing the travel process are helpful. Austin 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 ViaAir operate at the South Terminal and their passengers should park at the South Terminal. All other airlines operate from the airport’s original Barbara Jordan Terminal. 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/ .
Airport parking updates are available 24/7 by calling 512-530-3300. See more airport parking information at: www.abiaparking.com.
Pick-up location for taxis, ride apps now in Rental Car Facility
The pick-up location for taxis and ride app customers at the Austin’s airport is now located on the ground level of the Rental Car Facility. The relocation of the taxi and ride app pick-up area reduces roadway congestion by approximately 3,700 cars per day at the entries of the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Walkways have been established to cross the garage and reach the new pick-up location. Mobility assistance vehicles are available from the garage to the Rental Car Facility.
Allegiant, Frontier, ViaAir passengers go to the South Terminal
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 A Place to Call Home textile mural brings fabric of life to holiday 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.
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 tacos made on-site, other hot foods and a Texaco gas station.
MAD Greens: made from scratch salads, wraps and juices (near Gate 16).
Einstein Bros Bagels / Caribou Coffee (near Gate 24).
Tacodeli: authentically handcrafted tacos and salads (near Gate 24).
Berry Austin: frozen yogurt and smoothies (near Gate 17).
At the South Terminal, the new Jet Set concessions and bar: grab and go food, cocktails and local beer (inside the South Terminal).
De Nada Tacos: a food truck offering curated specialty tacos at the South Terminal’s outdoor patio.
Security screening tips
Avoid the naughty list by following these tips for a smooth security screening process.
Be prepared for security screening—dress and pack smart. This video has suggestions from the TSA on how to ensure a smooth process. https://youtu.be/3n8Uo0LQOAo
Firearms are prohibited at passenger screening checkpoints and possession of them may result in arrest.
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 website at www.tsa.gov.
Carry-on luggage is restricted to one bag and one personal item such as a laptop, purse or backpack.
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.
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.
TSA’s Pre-Check is available at Checkpoints 1 and 2. To enroll, visit www.tsa.gov.
Coats, jackets, hats, other such outer garments and shoes must be put through X-ray screening.
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 checkpoints:
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.