Journey with AUS graphic, Journey With AUS – The Austin-Bergstrom Airport Expansion and Development Program


Journey With AUS is a multi-year airport expansion, development and improvement program that will:

  • Meet the air service needs of Central Texas
  • Maintain excellent passenger experience
  • Provide flexible expansion for dynamic airline growth

The program's overall scope and budget are currently in development.

The improvements will be funded through traditional airport development funding sources, such as airport cash reserves, current and future airport revenues, future revenue bond proceeds, and Federal Aviation Administration grants. No local Austin taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the program. 

Construction Activities 
Journey With AUS construction activities in the terminal may be noticeable to passengers. 
Visit for a list of scheduled and active construction activities.

Barbara Jordan Terminal Improvements 

Improved TSA Checkpoints

Improvements and expansion for Transportation Security Administration checkpoints. 

Checkpoint 2East opened in December 2021. Approximately 16,000 sq ft added to the terminal for the new baggage handling system, which is currently under construction, will expand TSA Checkpoint 3. 

TSA Ribbon cutting photo

Department of Aviation, TSA and construction team members celebrate the opening of Checkpoint 2 East in December 2021

New Outbound Baggage Handling System

Creation of a centralized baggage processing system for departing checked bags to meet the demand of 30 million annual passengers. New conveyor belts and an expanded system will have checked luggage travel across 1.5 miles of conveyor belts. Once fully completed, the system will process 4,000 bags per hour and will increase system reliability, meaning bags will be less likely to miss their flights and flights will be less likely to be delayed due to delayed bags. 

Delivery and installation of the new system began in November 2022. The initial part of the new system is anticipated to begin processing bags in late 2024.

The total cost for this project is approximately $176.7 million.

Learn More
Baggage Handling System project fact sheet

Westside Terminal Expansion

Addition of 30,000 sq ft on the concourse level with an added mezzanine and lower-level airline support space for new passenger amenities, the replacement of 12 boarding bridges and the creation of 3 new gates to offset gate closures during tunnel construction. 

Currently in design with construction estimated to begin in spring 2023. 

The total cost for this project is approximately $165 million

Architectural drawing of terminal expansion from north side


Architectural drawing of terminal expansion from northwest side


Architectural drawing of terminal expansion from northeast side



Atrium Infill to Expand Passenger Processing

More square feet added to the terminal for security screening, bag check and passenger processing by filling in existing open space above baggage claim.

Currently in the pre-design phase. 

The total cost for this project is approximately $175 million

Atrium infill rendering depicts a purple transparent square above the open space on top of baggage claim
The space highlighted in purple reflects the space that will be filled in for more floor space

Expansion Projects

Airfield Enhancements & Utility Infrastructure

Airfield enhancements and utility infrastructure, including a new Central Utility Plant and a new Austin Energy substation along with the removal of 30+ unused buildings on the south side of the airport for future development. 

The building removal project is approximately $14 million. Additional project budgets are in development. 

photo collage of three brown buildings that are no longer in use at the airport

Photos of unused and vacant buildings set to be removed for future development.

New Midfield Concourse & Connector Tunnel

Construction of a new concourse with a minimum of ten gates, expandable for future growth and connected to the Barbara Jordan Terminal through an underground tunnel.

Currently in the pre-design phase.

Budget in development.

A map of AUS shows a long blue rectangle outline that depicts the approximate footprint and location of the new midfield concourse. It is south of the terminal and north of the FAA tower.

New Air Cargo Facility

Design, build, and lease a new flexible cargo facility with airside access and space for trailer staging and employee parking.

Currently under construction and estimated to complete construction in 2024.

Approximately $33 million.

Rending for the new air cargo facility shows a grey and blue building

New Airline Fuel Facility 

Addition of a second airplane fuel facility to have enough fuel supply on hand to meet the projected demand increase of 3% to 5% annually over the next ten years.

Currently under construction and estimated to begin operations in 2025.

Approximately $70 million, funded by the AUS Fuels airline fueling consortium. 

Learn More
Click here to visit the fuel facility project website to learn more. 

Haga clic aquí para ver el sitio web del proyecto de instalación de combustible para obtener más información.

rendering of a new fuel facility

Community Information and News



Austin-Bergstrom invites neighbors & travelers to an Airport Open House at the Southeast Branch Library -  January 2023

Architecture and Management Support Services firms selected for airport improvement program - December 2022

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport starts installation of new outbound baggage handling system - November 2022

AUS selects new Chief Development Officer to lead Journey With AUS – The City of Austin Airport Expansion and Development Program - August 2022

Journey With AUS expansion & development projects cleared for take-off with an FAA-approved Environmental Assessment - August 2022

AUS launches communications campaign for Airport Expansion and Development Program - August 2022

$15 Million from Infrastructure Law Coming to Austin Airport for Expansion Project - July 2022

AUS secures $400 million of funding for Airport Expansion and Development Program projects - May, 2022

AUS to hold Environmental Assessment open house, virtual meeting - March 2022

AUS opens new TSA security checkpoint - December 2021

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport announces most extensive airport improvement program in Central Texas history - July 2021

January 19th Open House

On January 19th, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport held an Open House for neighbors, the traveling public, and the community to learn more about our active and upcoming improvement, development and expansion projects.

Meeting Materials

If you missed the event, see below for a tour of the Open House 


Contracting and Business Opportunities

Visit this page for more information for the contracting community.

Environmental Review & Assessment

After reviewing the Final Environmental Assessment, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved on July 22, 2022 an environmental Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)/Record of Decision for the proposed Journey With AUS projects.

Visit the Environmental Assessment webpage to read the Environmental Assessment, review archived meeting materials and more.