AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin-Bergstrom International saw 10 million passengers for the first time in the history.
The record crowd was a 6 percent increase from the close to 9.5 million passengers ABIA helped get from point A to point B in 2012. The increase in traffic also saw a large spike in large music performances, up 43 percent from last year and “Keep Austin Weird” t-shirt puchases – up a whopping 235 percent from last year. Food consumption also went up, with breakfast tacos seeing a 16 percent increase and brisket a 9 percent increase from last year.
In 2012, ABIA announced its first transatlantic nonstop air service with the Austin to London British Airways flights to start in March 2014. According to ABIA officials, they project this to bring a $70 to $75 million annual economic impact to Austin. Aeromar also inaugurated nonstop service to Mexico City, Allegiant to Las Vegas and Virgin America to San Francisco. Other nonstop routes added in 2013 include New Orleans on Southwest Airlines and Cleveland on United Airlines.
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