Eclipse Tips – How Passengers Can Prepare for Take-Off from AUS April 8th and 9th

Greetings, Earthlings! Descending upon your world is an experience like none other: A Total Solar Eclipse. On Monday, April 8 at around 1:35 p.m. CT, locals and visitors in the region will be in the path of totality to see an extraordinary show. And as the countdown begins for the event that’s in less than 2 weeks, our city and airport are planning to welcome lots of visitors. Eclipse chasers from all corners of the globe are flocking here to witness this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, and we couldn't be more excited to host them.

While we eagerly anticipate another reason to look up at the sky, the event on April 8th may impact travel across the city including at the airport from April 8-9. If you're flying out of Austin after the eclipse, we want to ensure that your journey remains as smooth as possible. Here are some travel tips to keep in mind:

  1. Arrive Early: With the influx of visitors, it's wise to arrive at the airport well in advance of your scheduled departure time. We recommend arriving at the terminal at least two hours and a half before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.
  2. Rental Car Return: If you're returning a rental car, arrive even earlier than the recommended arrival times. The rental car return process may take longer than usual due to increased traffic and demand.
  3. Choose the Right Drop-Off Level: To ease congestion, consider dropping off passengers on the level (there are two) that is least crowded – either the upper Departures level or the lower Arrivals level.
  4. Know Your Terminal: Make sure you know which terminal your airline operates from before arriving at the airport. Allegiant and Frontier passengers fly out of the South Terminal, which is a separate terminal located about 15 minutes south of the main Barbara Jordan Terminal. All other airlines fly out of the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

For more AUS travel tips and up-to-date information on airport operations, be sure to visit our website at

For general information about the eclipse and how the City of Austin is preparing for the event, visit

Safe travels and eclipsing!