The transformation of the South Terminal into a mid-century themed retro style airport facility, with ground level aircraft boarding, has reached the finishing stages of construction. Customers will get to the South Terminal a different way than the Barbara Jordan Terminal. The South Terminal will have its own entrance off Emma Browning Ave. and its own parking areas.
The new 30,000-square-foot terminal is divided into three sections: ticketing and check-in, hold-gate area, and baggage claim. The $12 million three-gate renovated facility is slated to open in spring 2017.
In addition to its cool retro design, themed furniture and artwork, passengers entering the double doors to the South Terminal will see modernized flight monitors; self-check-in kiosks, a baggage drop off area and charging stations. If not using the automated check-in features, passengers can proceed to one of the eight ticket counters and or enter the TSA Checkpoint security screening area.
Beyond security, the 8,000-square-foot gate area features a glass wall for the three ground level arrival and departure gates. This was designed to take advantage of cozy views of aircrafts at the gates, and for passengers to see take offs and landings on the west runway. The gate area will also house concessions, restroom facilities, art and ceiling décor along with other amenities.
Aircraft Boarding – Retro Style
Without jet bridges, passengers departing from the South Terminal will have the vintage experience of boarding the plane retro style when proceeding from the gate. They will walk under a covered canopy for protection from the elements to board the plane.
Inbound passengers will depart the plane using the covered canopies to enter the terminal. Then they have the option to pick up luggage from the single flat baggage belt and proceed to exit to parking or pick up.
Separate Parking & Access to South Terminal Flights
The renovation will create 859 new short and long term parking spaces located adjacent to the South Terminal building. South Terminal and its parking are both accessible by taking Burleson Road to Emma Browning Ave.
The South Terminal project, led by a private-public partnership between the City of Austin and LoneStar Airport Holdings, LLC, will have its own separate entrance and parking different from the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Hunts Construction Group is the lead contractor with Fentress Architects as the designers.