Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the successor to Austin’s original airport, Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, which operated from 1961 to May 22, 1999. At that point, Robert Mueller Municipal Airport’s commercial air operation ceased and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport took over Austin’s commercial air service. On May 23 1999, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officially opened.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is known by the identifier code AUS. It sits at 541 feet above sea level and is located in the capital city of Texas.
The airport is located on the site of the former Bergstrom Air Force Base (which had operated in Austin since World War II), making it the first base to convert to commercial airport service since the Cold War.
The airport’s runways are named for some of Texas’ famous politicians, including President Lyndon B. Johnson (whose name graces the West runway) and Congressman J. J. Pickle (for whom the East runway was named).
The airport terminal is named for famed Texan and trailblazing congresswoman Barbara Jordan. The terminal includes a life-sized statue of the congresswoman- a bronze sculpture that shows a seated Jordan pondering deep thoughts with her hands pressed together and a book alongside her glasses in her lap. The statue was created by artist Bruce Wolfe and was unveiled in November of 2002. It is the first life-sized statue of Barbara Jordan in the nation.
The terminal is constructed of native Texas materials including granite and glass. The exterior of the building features a Texas-sourced granite called Texas Pearl. The building is primarily constructed of large glass panels, which let in sunshine and give the terminal the natural feel that Austin is known for.
True to Austin’s artistic heritage, the terminal is filled with works of art including sculptures and paintings. The artwork embraces the regional culture and depicts local landmarks or customs such as big hair and cowboy hats.
Austin Airport Design
The crescent-shaped terminal was designed for efficiency. For instance, the glass panels have an energy-efficient design that blocks heat from coming into the building. Also, the facility embraces passenger-efficiency- its two-story design allows arriving and departing passengers to occupy two separate levels.
The baggage claim area is located in an atrium in the central part of the Jordan terminal. The terminal has 25 gates, with 1 of these being reserved for commuter traffic and the other 24 available for large aircraft.
The four levels of the terminal include the concourse, mezzanine, baggage claim, and the aircraft apron. The facility is 2,095 feet long and 280 feet wide.
The airport’s parking options include economy surface parking, which includes 7,733 spaces and garage parking for short-term use, which includes 2,419 public spaces. Austin-Bergstrom also offers valet parking. The well-lit parking lots are monitored by security guards 24 hours a day.
Bergstrom Airport Terminals
The Market Place area of the terminal contains restaurants and shops in addition to a stage for live music. The airport includes amenities such as banks, massage services, shoe shine services, and internet services.
The terminal cost $115 million to build, making it the largest construction project in Austin’s history.
The Airport has a staff of Airport Ambassador Volunteers, who help passengers with their questions and give them directions. They help passengers find and use the courtesy phones and communicate information on airport services.
The airport includes a lighted dog walk, which is beautifully landscaped and outfitted with amenities such as a drinking fountain, waste disposal bags, and trash cans. This dog walk is located on the lower level of the airport.
Airlines Serving Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Being one of the busiest airports in the state of Texas, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is served only by airline companies based in the United States. All of the airline ticket counters are located on the Upper Level of the Terminal building at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Additionally, all of the gates are also located on the second floor of the terminal.
The busiest airline at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is Southwest Airlines, a major low cost airline company that is based in Dallas, Texas. Southwest Airlines connects the city of Austin with more than 20 domestic destinations, mostly on the west coast and southern part of the country. Major cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix are directly accessible via Southwest Airlines. The largest low cost carrier in the United States connects Austin to other destinations within Texas including Dallas, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston, and Lubbock.
Another large low cost airline that serves Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is JetBlue Airways. This New York based carrier provides direct trips to Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach (CA), Orlando, San Francisco, and New York City.
American Airlines links Austin-Bergstrom International Airport with Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. In fact, the Dallas/Forth Worth destination is the busiest route leaving Austin’s main airport.
Delta Air Lines, which owns the largest fleet in the world, provides flights between Austin and major cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, and New York. Additional Delta Connection service is available to Memphis International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport. Delta Connection flights are operated by Chautauqua Airlines, Compass Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, and SkyWest Airlines.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is well served by two airline companies that are STAR Alliance members. United Airlines offers non-stop flights to Denver, Houston, Newark, and Washington Dulles International Airport, which is in the U.S. capital district. Thanks to United Express service, other destinations such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are also available. US Airways operates direct trips to Philadelphia International Airport and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
The only international destination available at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the popular resort city of Cancun, Mexico. AirTran Airways and United Airlines provide direct trips to Cancun International Airport. From the city of Austin, the only destination offered by Alaska Airlines is Seattle/Tacoma International Airport.