Here's what the Austin airport's record-breaking summer could mean for ongoing expansions
As Memorial Day approaches, staff at Austin's airport say they're getting ready to see another record-breaking summer travel season. So what does this mean for projects that are in the works and what's already been done to accommodate growth?
Officials with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said last summer, around 7.7 million passengers traveled through between May and August. Airport spokesperson Elizabeth Ferrer said that number is expected to increase significantly this year.
"Our biggest crown jewel short-term that we are excited to be starting off is the west side expansion. So on the west side of the terminal, we are going to be adding over 84,000 square feet of space. It's going to be on three levels," Ferrer said.
Other expansions include updates to TSA's machines to allow for an easier check-in as well as updates to baggage processing systems. However, larger projects are in the works.
As far as the West Gate expansion, a groundbreaking will happen this summer, and its completion is expected in about three years' time. It will include three new gates for the airport.
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