New ABIA customs facility part of larger vision

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin-Bergstom International Airport continues to see more and more passengers each year. In 2013 the airport welcomed more than 10 million people. Several projects are underway to expand the airport including additional parking and more security checkpoints. KXAN found out what you need to know next time you head to the airport.

Those who fly in and out of ABIA are looking forward to a spruced up airport including 10 additional security checkpoints, 900 more parking spaces and a new customs facility should move double the amount of people cleared from arriving international flights in an hour.

“I think it is necessary to keep up with the growth and the number of people coming here because they’re coming here by the herds,” says a passenger getting ready for his flights.

ABIA’s Executive Director, Jim Smith says these changes are a long time coming and the goal is to get you on your plane faster. But that’s not all

“It also puts us in a position to get a lot of new airlines to get in here and over the coming year we plan to have a number of new announcements of additional carriers and routes,” Smith says.

All of these additions, including a terminal expansion will help accommodate up to 13 million people. That’s up from 11 million passengers now.

“So this allows us to stay one step ahead of the complaints you’d get by a cramped facility,” Smith explains.

The new customs facility opens this week and the additional security lanes will be up and running by May.

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