Airport Spotlight: What to expect at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
It was constructed for the Air Force in 1942 and later converted for public use in 1999. ABIA replaced the Mueller Municipal Airport, which served Austin from 1930 to 1999 and was named after Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, a fallen soldier who met his death in the Philippines in 1941.
ABIA was the 35th busiest airport in the U.S in 2015, with 5,797,582 enplanements (not to be confused with passenger count). This was an 11.06% increase compared to 2014 when it was ranked the 4th fastest growth among top U.S airports. Austin international airport's growth is not surprising, given the rapid growth of the Austin region. It was the 33rd largest metropolitan area in 2015, with over 16.58% increase in population, that is, about 2,000,860 people in 2010.
Similarly, the city of Austin was the 11th largest U.S city in 2015, with 931,830 people increase (a 17.89% increase). No U.S city in the top 80 has had such a high population increase. ABIA ranked the 48th busiest airport in the U.S in 2000, when it had 3,648,600 enplanements. It is the 5th busiest airport in Texas and might overtake Houston international airport with this pace of growth.
Austin International Airport is the 43rd busiest airport in overall passenger traffic in the United States in 2020. As reported by official statistics, ABIA has approximately 510 flights on a daily basis as of 2018, summing up to a whopping 3570 flights per week, with constant service to about 76 domestic and international destinations. In 2019 ABIA reached its historical peak by attending to 17,343,729 passengers, which has been the highest in the airport's 20 years of existence. Austin is the heart of Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, ViaAir, and more. The airport operated direct flights to 29 destinations for two decades. Presently, direct flights are programmed from Austin to over 65 destinations, including U.S.A, South America, Canada, and Europe.
Background and Socio-Economic Influence
The city of Austin offered land to the government in 1942 with the condition that the land is handed back when the government had no need for it. That seemed like a long shot, especially when the Air Force became a distinct arm of the military. However, in the course of plans to end the Cold War, the military camp was chosen for shutdown and turned into a municipal airport (Robert Mueller Municipal Airport), which was later replaced by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) in 1999, named after Captain John August Earl Bergstrom. It is the most active airport in Texas besides the Dallas and Houston municipalities.
Over the years, AUS has received a total of 17,343,729 passengers and is drafting plans for its 2040 blueprint towards expansion. Approximately 51 airlines run from ABIA, and it handles a great range of discounts during specific days of the week and given moths of the year. As the core of economic growth, AUS provides about 74,000 direct in the Texas municipality. AUS is a state-of-the-art airport and takes great pride in consumer satisfaction, with exceptional customer service through cutting-edge technologies equipped with a live music stage where there is a performance from local bands for passengers. This reflection of customer service has brought AUS its recognition comprising of a finalist for Best U.S Airport in 2019 Fodor's Travel Award.