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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

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Austin Bergstorm Entrance.jpg
The main entrance to the airport
IATA: AUS (BSM until Mueller closed)ICAO: KAUSFAA: AUS
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator City of Austin
Serves Greater Austin Area
Location Austin, Texas, U.S.
Elevation AMSL 542 ft / 165.2 m
Coordinates 30°11′40″N 97°40′12″W / 30.19444°N 97.67°W / 30.19444; -97.67
Website http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17L/35R 9,000 2,743 Concrete
17R/35L 12,248 3,733 Concrete
Helipads
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 18 Concrete
H2 60 18 Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 9,039,075
Flights/day 302

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (IATA: AUSICAO: KAUSFAA LID: AUS) is a mixed-use commercial airport located 5 miles (8 km) southeast of the central business district of Austin, Texas, United States. It covers 4,242 acres (1,717 ha) and has two runways and two helipads.

The airport began passenger service on May 23, 1999. A total of 9,039,075 passengers traveled through the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 2008.[1][2][3]

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History

A separate airport, named Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, originally built on open farmland, first served the air traffic needs of Austin starting October 14, 1930.[4]

In 1942, the City of Austin purchased land and donated the land to the United States government for a military installation, with the stipulation that the city would get the land back when the government no longer needed it. This land became Bergstrom Air Force Base.

In the 1950s, developers began building residential areas beneath the flight paths of Mueller and, in parallel, the number of arrivals and departures at the airport increased dramatically because of the growth of the city. Citizens began to complain about the noise. Also, at 7,269 feet (2,216 m), the runway at Mueller was too short to handle new planes such as the 747. However, larger aircraft such as American Airlines DC-10s and Continental Airlines Boeing 720s have been regularly scheduled in the past. Before major expansion at Mueller took place, the departure area consisted of 4 to 5 gates, not enclosed but covered by a large awning. No jetways existed at this time.

The city began considering options for a new airport as early as 1971, when the Federal Aviation Administration proposed that Austin and San Antonio build a joint regional airport. That idea was rejected, as few Austinites supported driving half way to San Antonio to catch a flight.

In 1976, the city submitted a proposal to the United States Air Force for joint use of Bergstrom AFB. The Air Force rejected the proposal in 1978 as being too disruptive to its operations.

In the 1980s, neighborhoods around Mueller applied enough political pressure to force the city council to choose a site for a new airport from locations under consideration. On November 1, 1987, a voter referendum finally approved a site near Manor. The city began acquiring the land and fighting lawsuits from the Sierra Club and others concerned about the Manor location.

In 1991, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission selected Bergstrom AFB for closure and gave the nod to the city for it to be used as a civilian airport. The city council decided to abandon the original plan to build the new airport near Manor, and resolved instead to move the airport to the Bergstrom site; the voters approved the move in 1993. Groundbreaking for the airport was November 19, 1994 and air cargo operations began on June 30, 1997. Bergstrom had the designator BSM until Mueller's final closure, when it took Mueller's IATA code of AUS. On November 5, 2007 the Mexican-based carrier VivaAerobus announced plans to operate their Boeing 737 aircraft to Austin with 6 new non-stop flights to the Mexican cities Cancún, Guadalajara, León/Bajío, Monterrey, Puebla, and Querétaro. Viva Aerobus has already received approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate to those cities. In 2009 because of the Swine Flu epidemic Viva Aerobus ceased flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.[citation needed]

Facilities

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Terminal

Barbara Jordan Terminal was designed by University of Texas at Austin Architecture professor Larry Speck.[5] The terminal is 660,000 square feet (61,000 m2) with a total of 25 gates. Inside the terminal, many local restaurants have leased concession space so that visitors can get a "taste of Austin" as they come through. The terminal also has a live music stage on which local bands perform in keeping with the spirit of Austin's proclamation as "The Live Music Capital of the World."

A new dedicated facility known as the South Terminal Austin was approved by the Austin City Council in order to accommodate the arrival of Mexican-based, low-cost airline, VivaAerobus, which launched operations on May 1, 2008. That terminal was closed on June 1, 2009, after VivaAerobus terminated service to Austin.[6][7]

Both American Airlines and Continental Airlines operate lounges at this airport for members of their executive lounge programs.

The ABIA air traffic control tower in 2009.

Runways

Runway 17R/35L, to the west of the terminal, is the original runway built and used by the Air Force. The 12,248 feet (3,733 m) long runway was reconditioned when Austin-Bergstrom was built. The runway is dedicated to former President Lyndon B. Johnson.[8]

Runway 17L/35R is a new 9,000 foot (2,700 m) runway on the east side of the terminal and parallel with runway 17R/35L. This runway is dedicated to former Congressman J. J. "Jake" Pickle.[8]

The runways are watched over by a new 20-story air traffic control tower.[9] The tower formerly used by the Air Force has been demolished.

Airlines and destinations

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is served by 13 commercial airlines and their regional partners.

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York-JFK [begins July 2]
AmericanConnection operated by
Chautauqua Airlines
St. Louis [ends April 5][10]
Branson AirExpress operated by Express Jet Branson [begins May 17] [11]
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Continental Express operated by
ExpressJet Airlines
Houston-Intercontinental
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection operated by
Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Atlanta
Delta Connection operated by
Comair
Atlanta, Cincinnati
Delta Connection operated by
Mesaba Airlines
Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Delta Connection operated by
SkyWest Airlines
Salt Lake City
Delta Connection operated by
Pinnacle Airlines
Atlanta, Memphis
Frontier Airlines Denver
Funjet operated by
Aeroméxico
Cancún [scheduled charter]
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, New York-JFK, Orlando, San Francisco
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Denver, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Harlingen, Houston-Hobby, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa
Sun Country Airlines Cancún (begins June 2; seasonal)
United Airlines San Francisco (ends April 5), Washington-Dulles (Begins April 6)
United Express operated by
GoJet Airlines
Chicago-O'Hare
United Express operated by
Mesa Airlines
Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Washington-Dulles
United Express operated by
Shuttle America
Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Washington-Dulles (Ends April 4)
United Express operated by
SkyWest Airlines
Denver, San Francisco (begins April 6)
US Airways Express operated by
Mesa Airlines
Charlotte, Phoenix

Transportation

Capital Metro Airport Flyer

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates "Airport Flyer" bus services to and from the University of Texas main campus, stopping in Downtown Austin each way.

References

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