South Terminal renovation planned to take you back in time

ABIA South Terminal rendering, planned to open in 2017 (LoneStar Airport Holdings, LLC Photo)
ABIA South Terminal rendering, planned to open in 2017 (LoneStar Airport Holdings, LLC Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A $12 million renovation is planned for the South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The terminal dates back to the original Bergstrom Air Force Base, and developers say the renovation will take you back in time as well.

“It’s going to be unique, which speaks to the Austin experience overall. It’s going to be unlike any other terminal that people have traveled through,” said Jeff Pearse, the CEO of LoneStar Airport Holdings, LLC, which is the company overseeing the renovation.

The terminal will be decorated with mid-century furniture and finishes, and passengers will actually walk across the tarmac to board their flight.

“That hearkens back to those glory days of air travel back in the mid 60’s,” said Pearse.

The company says the South Terminal was designed for use by ultra-low-cost carriers. Because they will be attracting cheaper carriers, and functioning in a low-cost building, LoneStar Airport Holdings says the price should impact passengers as well and save them some money.

“We will pass savings onto the air carriers, then the air carriers theoretically can offer lower and more competitive fares to their passengers,” said Pearse.

The organization is now in talks with multiple airlines to determine which will be the best fit at the South Terminal. Pearse says the terminal will be able to handle a combined total of 36 arrivals and departures each day. Construction to the building will begin Monday; it is expected to be complete in 2017.

The future site of the ABIA South Terminal, July 13, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)
The future site of the ABIA South Terminal, July 13, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)

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