New long-term parking entrance, Annies Café opens while airport front converts to LED displays

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:50 pm

parking map garaphicThe new entry for the economy long-term parking lots is set to open from Presidential Blvd. at the Austin airport while Annies Café reopens near Gate 18 after renovation. Airport terminal front to replace airline signs with LED displays.

New parking entrance for economy long-term lots nearing completion

Soon passengers desiring to use economy long-term parking lots B, C, D, E, F, and G, at the Austin airport, will have a new entrance to access the lots. The new long-term parking entry, updated and expanded to meet increasing parking demands, is accessed from the left lane after turning onto Presidential Blvd., the main entry road to the Barbara Jordan Terminal.    

Entry to the Rental Car Facility (CONRAC), rental car return, parking garages, valet and short-term parking will remain the same, just beyond the new long-term entrance until the completion of the new 6,000 car parking garage in 2019.

LED displays will replace the outside terminal flags that identify airline drop-off areas at the Barbara Jordan Terminal.Directional signage will guide drivers to the new long-term economy parking entrance. ABIA parking is managed by SP Plus Corp and offers several convenient parking options with Reserved Garage Parking, Family Friendly Valet and Executive Valet services. For real-time parking updates, customers can call (512) 530-3300 or visit the website at

Upper-level airline flags to switch to LED displays

New technology that includes six new LED displays is being installed to replace the fixed airline signage on the upper-level canopies. These are the outside terminal flags that identify the upper-level airline drop-off areas best matching the airline's ticket counter that is located inside the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

Each of the LED displays measuring at 5-feet by 8-feet will make up the new Electronic Visual Information Display System (EVIDS) to outfit the front of the terminal. The displays will provide a brighter visual and make it easier for the airport to update airline locations and provide other travel information when needed. Installation of the LED displays is estimated to be complete in March 2018.

Renovation complete at Annies Café & Bar near Gate 18

Renovations are complete to Annies Café & Bar near Gate 18.The sumptuous salads and brioche burgers are back as the renovation of Annies Café & Bar at Gate 18 are complete. The airport favorite reopened on Feb. 6, with a redesigned bar, new espresso and coffee station, new counter seating and a centralized market ordering area.

The 1,914 square foot café originally opened in the Austin airport in 2012 as one of the nation’s first farm-to-flight concepts, providing a fresh and all-natural approach to airport cuisine. Annies Café was founded by local restaurateur Love Nance and is operated by concessionaire Delaware North. The café’s organic and fresh themed menu and Farmaire brand offer fresh-handmade salads and locally sourced options to passengers in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

Signature menu items include the brioche burger and other artisan sandwiches such as the turkey, Havarti and cranberry panini, are available with couscous and fresh fruits. Just under the awning is a new grab-and-go case along with the organic and espresso coffee counter. The redesigned bar features a selection of local and national wines, beers, and crafted cocktails. Nestled in the rear is the stage for live music performances and views of planes that operate from the Gate 18 jet bridge.

The architects for the Annies Café renovation was Austin-based Dick Clark + Associates and Hensel Phelps served as the general contractor.

Did you know?  

Since opening in 1999, Austin airport parking shuttles have used alternative fuels – propane and natural gas.