One of the advantages to living in Austin is the fact that it has its own airport. This makes air transportation more accessible, and personal and business travel much easier. According to figures recently released by the City of Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport set a number of records in 2012, including a third straight year of growth. There were 349,439 more passengers served in 2012 over 2011 for a 4 percent increase. A record-setting 9.4 million passengers were served in 2012. The airport also broke the record of outbound passengers in one day with 21,823 on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport opened in 1999. It added non-stop service to several cities in the past year, with a current total of 38 non-stop flight destinations. Changes in the coming year are a terminal expansion project and additional parking.
The airport now offers free non-valet parking to vehicles bearing license plates with the insignias of disabled veterans, former prisoner of war, Pearl Harbor survivor, Legion of Merit, Legion of Valor, Purple Heart recipient and Congressional Medal of Honor.
If you live in Austin or you’re just visiting and want something different to do, the airport does offer a family viewing area with picnic tables and parking. Located near the East Runway at the end of Golf Course Road, it has clear vantage point to watch planes take off and land.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located at 3600 Presidential Boulevard in Austin. Call (512) 530-2242 for general airport information.