AUSTIN -- More changes are coming to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport where airport officials are trying to avoid Formula 1 crowd issues.
Tuesday evening's Airport Commission meeting focused on some of the main strategies. First - utilize every square inch of current space. Upper and lower decks will divide incoming traffic based on their travel plans. Even light poles aren't going unused, providing ad space to cash in on extra eyeballs come F1 weekend.
Sixty-two extra flights are scheduled to come into ABIA, but officials say that number could still go up.
"The airport's going to have a few things different around here. People are going to be able to see the differences too, " said ABIA spokesman Jim Halbrook. "It makes for a really busy event, and then they're all leaving right before one of our busiest times of the year, which is Thanksgiving."
The most major crowd concern isn't even anticipated during race weekend, but the day after. The airport is expecting anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 rental cars to be returned within just a few hours.
The extra security checkpoint being built right now that is supposed to help handle those crowds is on schedule. It should be up and running by mid-November.