The Austin airport, formally called the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, is located off Highway 71 not far from the city center. It is unique in that it is was once a military base and is now a multi-use facility; it serves general and commercial aviation, the State Aircraft Pooling Board and even the Texas Army National Guard. It is also very unique because it features live music from local artists in addition to local restaurants and retailers instead of all chains. The Austin airport is large enough to offer international and non-stop flights, but small enough to make it easy to get around. Its three-letter identifier code is AUS.
Location of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:
3600 Presidential Boulevard
Austin Airport Information
24-hour General Information Phone Line: (512) 530-ABIA (2242) or (512) 530-6356 (for Travelers with Disabilities)
Austin airport Web site
Where Will You Go?
Just because Austin is a medium-sized town doesn't mean you have to take connections to fly somewhere important! The Austin airport offers nonstop service to 37 destinations, many of them major cities such as New York City, Las Vegas, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Austin Airport Carriers
The airlines that fly out of the Austin-Bergstrom Airport are: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
When to Fly at the Austin Airport
The busiest security checkpoint times are usually from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sundays are also generally busy days here. If your travel plans are flexible, you may want to travel on a Thursday or Saturday. Passengers should arrive at the Austin airport at least 90 minutes before the flight's scheduled takeoff in order to allow time for parking and security.
There are numerous options for airport parking ranging from convenient valet parking to off-site parking that requires a shuttle ride to the terminal. The more convenient and close to the terminal you park, the more expensive it is per day. Please read the article on Austin airport parking for more details about your various options.
The Family Viewing Area
Are your kids fascinated by airplanes? They are in luck; the Austin airport features a Family Viewing Area near the 9,000 foot east runway. The viewing area is nearly an acre of land that offers an excellent vantage point of planes taking off and landing. The best times for viewing are from 6-11 a.m., 1:30-3 p.m., and at night starting around 7:30 p.m. The Austin airport's viewing area has picnic tables and paved parking spots, making it a great place for a picnic on a warm day!
The viewing area is on the south side of US Highway 71 East. It is at the end of Gold Course Road, just east of the Austin airport's entrance.
Austin is the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World," so it's only appropriate that the Austin airport frequently features live local music to entertain travelers. The music is usually performed on weekday afternoons. The main stage is near Ray Benson's Roadhouse (this is in the center of the terminal on the concourse level). Music is performed at other smaller stages throughout the week, as well. Consult the music schedule for more details.
Shop and Eat the Austin Way
Most airports across the country feature the same, boring options for eating and shopping. McDonald's, Panda Express, and other fast food in addition to generic restaurants and magazine shops get old. But the Austin airport is different; it features small versions of acclaimed local restaurants and stores. Some of the local restaurants at the Austin airport include Mangia Pizza, Maudie's Tex-Mex, The Salt Lick, Waterloo Ice House, Amy's Ice Cream and Austin Java. Local retailers and businesses with a shop at the airport include BookPeople, Austin City Limits/Waterloo Records & Video and the Austin Chronicle.