ThunderCloud sub shop and Ruta Maya coffee reveal a new storefront; airport apron continues to expand for international and busy east end carriers, and Gate 4 temporary bridge start operations.
ThunderCloud, Ruta Maya reopens at Gate 18
The renovation is complete for the new ThunderCloud and Ruta Maya location now open near Gate 18. The renovation features an open market design for easier navigation between the two counters for both companies that were founded in Austin. ThunderCloud (1975) is a made to order specialty submarine sandwich shop that uses gluten-free bread and Ruta Maya (1990) is a well-established coffee company that uses certified organic coffee in medium, dark and espresso roasts.
In addition to its new location, Ruta Maya will continue to operate a kiosk near Gate 6, until Second Bar+Kitchen opens.
Concrete pour for apron enlargement to provide more aircraft clearance
The southeast apron at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was expanded by nearly 42,000 sq. ft., to provide more wing-tip clearance for moving aircraft. This work is in preparation for the extended walkway bridges at Gate 4.
As the longest of the four temporary walkway bridges will extend approximately 600 feet beyond the existing terminal, the taxiway centerline must be moved to provide more wingtip clearance. This change will accommodate aircraft movement and parking during the new 9-gates expansion construction and provide space needed for the new and improved Barbara Jordan Terminal once completed.
The apron is the area used for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, cargo, refueling and other maintenance services at the airport. Apron concrete can be up to 16 inches thick including 25 inches or more of base and aggregate courses, and compacted subgrade material under the concrete.
US Customs service for international flights on British Airways, Condor, Southwest, United, and Volaris along with domestic service from Allegiant, Delta, Frontier and Texas Sky, all operate from the east end. This includes Aeromexico’s new nonstop service from Austin to Mexico City starting on Nov. 17, 2016. The additional apron, markings and lighting will allow for the temporary gates to serve international flights during construction of the nine gate expansion project.
The apron expansion is divided into three phases with the targeted completions dates:
Phase 1, construction of 528,400 sq. ft. of pavement to be completed in 2017.
Phase 2 is the construction of 314,000 sq. ft. of pavement (2018).
Phase 3 includes 466,000 sq. ft. of pavement (2019).
Gate 4 reopening signifies construction milestone
The first and shortest of the four elevated walkways at Gate 4 became operational on Sept. 26, 2016. The other three jet bridges are scheduled to come online later this month. Once all four temporary gates are operational, the east end apron will be encircled with construction barriers. Demo work can then commence to the east side apron and preparation to the current east side terminal can begin for sub-floor work the physical nine gate expansion to start. Afterwards, Gates 1, 2 and 3 will be eventually relocated to operate from one of the four temporary bridges at the current Gate 4 location during the terminal expansion construction.
This blog is regularly updated to inform travelers and the public of the latest construction activities at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Information ranges from customer service improvements to changes in travel processes.