Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

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About Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Inside the airport at Austin-Bergstrom International

Credit: Jill Shih on Flickr

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, also known as ABIA, is an airport located in Austin, Texas. Despite officially being an international airport and having the ability to facilitate international flights, the airport is primarily used to connect Austin with other parts of the USA, with only a few flights travelling internationally to Europe and other parts of North America. 

The airport is the busiest airport in Austin and the busiest outside of Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. 

Austin-Bergstrom was built in 1999 to replace Austin's previous main airport Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. Since opening, the airport has undergone one major expansion in 2015, with updated facilities and an expanded arrivals area. The airport has plans to majorly expand the airport again by 2040, with a new main terminal, a new satellite concourse and a new runway.

 

What is the airport code for ABIA?

The airport code for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is AUS.

Airport Location

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located in Greater Austin, Texas. The airport is between a 20–50-minute drive away from downtown Austin. 

 

Facilities

The airport has an array of facilities, with airport essentials and things to keep passengers occupied for both short and long layovers.

Facilities Include:

  • WIFI
  • Airport lounges
  • Rest zones
  • Baggage storage
  • Charging ports
  • Showers
  • Babycare facilities
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange
  • Dining
  • Shopping

Lounges Include:

Delta Air Lines Delta Sky Club

Location: The Barbara Jordan Terminal.

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • TV screens

 

American Airlines Admiral Club

Location: The Barbara Jordan Terminal.

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV screens

 

United Airlines United Club

Location: The Barbara Jordan Terminal.

  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV screens

Runways

Austin-Bergstrom Runway Aerial View

Credit: Austin-Bergstrom Runway Aerial View

Austin-Bergstrom has two runways. Runway 17L/35R (2743 m x 46 m) is on the east side of the airport and is used for all commercial operations. Runway 17R/35L is on the west side of the airport (3734 m x 46 m) and is used by the Air Force.

Austin-Bergstrom has plans to build a new a 3,000 m runway as part of its major expansion plan by 2040. 

 

 

Terminals

There are two terminals at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Barbara Jordan Terminal (also known as the Main Terminal) and the South Terminal. The terminals are not connected and have to be entered from separate roads on different sides of the airport.

Barbara Jordan Terminal

The Barbara Jordan Terminal, also known as the Main Terminal, is the larger of the two terminals at Austin-Bergstrom. It handles most of the airport's traffic and can facilitate domestic and international flights. 

The terminal is also home to all of the airport's lounges and is where the airport parking facilities are located. 

South Terminal

The South Terminal is a smaller airport that is primarily used by Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines for US domestic flights. Although the airport is mainly used for domestic flights, it does have the capability to facilitate international flights and has previously been used by Mexican airline VivaAerobus

The South Terminal underwent a major renovation in 2015, where it was closed for a year. Upon its re-opening in 2016, the airport had a new retro-look and a selection of new facilities. 

 

Airlines that fly to ABIA

There are currently no airlines based at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Although, Delta Air Lines and Southwest use the airport as a focus city. 

Below is a table of all the airlines that fly to/from Austin Bergstrom.

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico
Air Canada & Air Canada Express Canada
Alaska Airlines USA
Allegiant Air USA
American Airlines USA
American Eagle USA
British Airways UK
Delta & Delta Connection USA
Frontier Airlines USA
JetBlue USA
Lufthansa Germany
Norwegian Norway
Southwest Airlines USA
Spirit Airlines USA
Sun Country Airlines USA
Taos Air USA, Mexico
United Airlines & United Express USA
WestJet Canada

Top Destinations

Below are the top destinations for each airline by passenger traffic. 

RANK
(BY NO. OF
PASSENGERS)
DESTINATION AIRLINES
1 Atlanta, Georgia Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas American Airlines
3 Denver, Colorado Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
4 Los Angeles, Colorado Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
5 Houston-Intercontinental, Texas United
6 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona American Airlines, Southwest
7 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
8 Dallas-Love, Texas Southwest
9 New York-JFK, New York American, Delta, JetBlue
10 San Francisco, California Alaska, Southwest, United

How to get to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

By driving

There are several rental car companies situated at the airport, as well as parking facilities connected to the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

The airport can be accessed off Highway 71.

By taxi

Taxis are readily available in Austin. You might be able to flag down a taxi in busier areas but you'll usually have to call ahead or get the person(s) that is in charge of your accommodation to order one for you.

Here are some taxi company numbers that are recommended by Austin-Bergstrom airport on its official website:

By bus

Capital Metro bus route 20 travels between the airport and Manor Road via Downtown Austin. The bus runs from 5am–11pm on weekdays, 6am–11pm on Saturdays and 6am–10.30pm on Sundays. Buses are scheduled to leave every 15 minutes.