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Austin International Airport Information

Located to the southeast of town, Austin Bergstrom International Airport is only a 5-mile drive from the heart of the Texas state capital. The facilities cover more than 4,000 acres showcasing local history and modern aviation. Ten commercial airlines transport more than 9 million travelers through the airport every year, making it the 38th busiest stopover in the U.S. This isn't the largest airport in the country, but it handles international traffic and serves 37 destinations non-stop. Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. are just a few of the major cities served through Austin.

Known locally as Bergstrom, the airport boasts the beautiful Barbara Jordan terminal with easy access to 25 departure gates along two main runways. Named after Texas' premier stateswoman, the crescent-shaped building makes flight connections a breeze. An easy walk through the airy, two-story terminal leads passengers to their gate with time to spare. Parking is located just across the access drive in front of the main entrance and features valet and rental services. The expansive baggage claim area resides on the lower level of the terminal and conveniently leads directly out to the parking area across the street.

Until 1991, the airfield belonged to the U.S. Air Force, but the land belonged to Austin. The city originally purchased the land in 1942 and donated it to the government for construction of an airbase. The City Fathers insisted that the deal would return ownership of the site back to the citizens of Austin if the government no longer had use for it. The savvy negotiations paid off when the Air Force closed their operations, and the city moved in. With a little redesign and renovation, Bergstrom returned to civilian life and Austin had a new airport.

Austin Bergstrom International Airport has its own way of letting passengers know that they've landed in Texas. Local musicians perform in the Barbara Jordan terminal every afternoon, serenading travelers with a Texas twang. Regional tunes float up from the main stage to the mezzanine and out towards the Family Viewing Area. This hill country acre is full of picnic tables and located near 9 thousand feet of runway. Watching the planes roar up into the sky and swoop in for landings is a perfect way to spend time in between flights. Folks who fly these skies know that Bergstrom isn't just any airport; it's a Texas original.

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