ABIA plans for new 55,000 square foot terminal


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 10:21 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport authorities have designed a plan for a new 55,000 square-foot terminal to help alleviate long lines at security checkpoints.

As Austin grows, so does the number of people flying through ABIA, according to spokesperson Jim Halbrook.

“When the economy's doing well, air travel does well, so this is really a reflection of how well Austin is doing right now," Halbrook said.

Halbrook tells KVUE when the airport opened in 2000 they had 7-million passengers the first year.

Fast forward 12 years later, and that number jumped more than 30 percent to 9.4 million flyers.

“If this growth trend continues, this terminal will have to eventually be expanded,” said Halbrook.

So airport authorities are looking to be proactive by building an additional terminal referred to as the “Terminal East Infill Project.”

The terminal would include a new passenger security checkpoint with ten lanes, and will build a connection from the East ticket lobby to the concourse at approximately Gate five.

The next step is Austin City Council approval on August 8th.

If approved, airport officials plan to pay for the project with $62-million in bonds that will be paid for through future airport revenue.

That money will also pay for renovations to existing airport structures.

They expect to finish construction by 2015.