AUSTIN (KXAN) — Much like city it serves, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continues to set records. In 2014, ABIA handled 10.7 million passengers, a 7 percent increase from 2013 which held the previous record of 10 million passengers.
Austin-Bergstrom has experienced significant passenger growth for five consecutive years, said airport officials. They attribute the growing local economy that relies on quality air service to foster government, business and leisure travel.
Much of the growth was due to the launch of Austin’s first transatlantic nonstop air service. Beginning in March 2014, passengers could fly on British Airways from Austin-London. Airport officials said between March and December, 96,973 passengers utilized this flight which also brought 10.2 million pounds of international cargo to Central Texas.
Signs of recent growth at the airport have been seen with the opening of a more compatible US Custom’s facility in December. The new facility has increased the airport’s ability to process the airport’s international arrivals from about 200 passengers per hour to 400-600.
In addition to the transatlantic flight and new facility, ABIA saw the launch of Texas Sky/Public Charters in November which connects Austin to Victoria and Dallas-Fort Worth International.
But the growth has yet to stop. In 2015, new nonstop routes will be added to connect Austin to a number of locales such as Toronto, Miami, St. Louis, Orange County and Branson, Mo. This summer will see the arrival of new TSA screening lanes which will improve passenger flow through the airport.
In July 2014, ABIA saw over a million passengers travel through the airport in a single month for the first time ever and on Nov. 3, saw the third busiest day in airport history as visitors prepared to depart the day following Austin’s 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.