AUSTIN, Texas – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is preparing for a busy October with the return of major events such as the Austin City Limits music festival (ACL) and the Formula 1 US Grand Prix race. Following a busy summer travel season that saw record-breaking travel volumes, passengers flying in and out of AUS should know what to expect this October, which is expected to bring in a new record number of single-day departing travelers for both ACL and the Formula 1 race.
High passenger days at AUS are days with 30,000+ departing passengers. High passenger days are expected on:
- Sunday, October 9; Monday, October 10; and Tuesday, October 11 for ACL Week One
- Sunday, October 16; Monday, October 17; and Tuesday, October 18 for ACL Week Two
- Thursday, October 20; Friday, October 21; Sunday, October 23; and Monday, October 24; Tuesday, October 25; and Wednesday, October 26 for Formula One
When to arrive at AUS
- Passengers using general Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening should arrive at least 2.5 hours before departure for domestic flights and 3 hours before departure for international flights.
- Passengers that need to check luggage, return a rental car, or complete other activities before joining the TSA security line should arrive even earlier.
- TSA PreCheck and Clear users can expect a faster security process than those using general TSA screening. On-site TSA PreCheck enrollment is now offered to departing passengers after they are cleared through security through a new enrollment program, which you can learn more about at AustinTexas.gov/AUS-PreCheck
- Highways near the airport are expected to be busy, especially during the Formula 1 race weekend. Passengers should plan accordingly for their route and travel time to the airport.
Security screening & packing correctly
- AUS has 4 security screening checkpoints and all checkpoints lead to all gates. The checkpoints open at 3:00 a.m. and TSA PreCheck and Clear are available at Checkpoints 1 and 2 West.
- AUS Department of Aviation staff will be throughout the terminal to assist passengers.
- The TSA has reported that AUS passengers continue to bring a record number of guns to) security checkpoints this year. Bringing prohibited items, like firearms and liquids exceeding 3.4 oz. will cause delays for passengers. Passengers can visit TSA.gov for guidance on how to pack and what items are allowed in carry-on luggage.
- Event promotional items, bulky souvenirs and giveaways should be packed in carry-on luggage to prevent delays in the checked baggage security screening process.
Parking and/or dropping off passengers
- Visit ABIAParking.com if you're planning to park at AUS. You can reserve a parking space and check for real-time parking availability before arriving at the airport.
- Passengers should budget in extra arrival time for shuttle service to the terminal as shuttle service to the terminal runs approximately every 15-20 minutes.
- Use either the upper level for departures or the lower level for arrivals to drop off passengers. And vice versa - if you're picking up someone and the lower level for arrivals is backed up, have them go to the upper-level departures and pick them up there.
Mobility assistance and accessibility needs
- Passengers who require wheelchair assistance need to contact their airline prior to their travel date to set up the service. Learn more about accessibility services at AUS, including TSA screening procedures, parking options, terminal curbside rideshare pick-up from our Mobility Assistance Zone, and other travel tips on the airport accessibility webpage.
Checking into your flight
- Passengers without checked luggage can bypass the busy ticket counters and head immediately to TSA screening checkpoints using these time-saving flight check-in options:
- Use a mobile boarding pass to skip the airline ticket counters.
- Use a self-service kiosk located inside the terminal to print boarding passes.
- In addition to traditional check-in procedures, some airlines offer outside curbside check-in on the upper level.
Getting the most out of AUS
- Once inside, explore the food, new art installations, live music stages, and more using step-by-step directions on the AUS digital wayfinding map at AirportMaps.AustinTexas.gov.
Information for Allegiant and Frontier travelers: Know your terminal
- Passengers flying Allegiant or Frontier will depart from The South Terminal, which is a separate terminal located near US 183 and Burleson Road, at 10000 Logistics Lane and is not accessible from the main Barbara Jordan Terminal. Allegiant and Frontier passengers are encouraged to park onsite at the South Terminal to save time.
The Department of Aviation has been working alongside the TSA, AUS airlines, concession operators and other on-airport partners to plan for the upcoming busy days by hosting a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced and by requesting and receiving additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. Passengers needing assistance at any point in their journey at AUS are encouraged to call the Airport Operations Center at (512) 530-2242 or to ask any Department of Aviation staff member for assistance.
About Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Owned and operated by the City of Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is an economic engine in Central Texas, supplying over 74,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Central Texas region. Its reflection of local food, music, art, and customer service has earned Austin-Bergstrom recognition—including Runner-Up for Best U.S. Airport in Fodor’s 2019 Travel Awards.
For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability, and details on the many services provided at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport visit FlyAustin.com. You can also follow Austin-Bergstrom on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Journey With AUS
Journey With AUS is the airport expansion and development program. The program is a strategic, phased approach to guiding construction and improvement projects, including select 2040 Master Plan projects, at AUS over the next several years. Journey With AUS projects will improve the passenger experience and meet the rising demand for air service at AUS in three phases; optimizing the Barbara Jordan Terminal through improvements that accommodate forecasted demand and enhance operations; expanding infrastructure to increase gates; constructing a new midfield concourse, and connecting tunnel. Driving regional economic recovery and supporting Austin’s growth is a primary goal of the program. The program will create jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses and the Minority-owned (MBE) and Woman-owned businesses (WBE) in the contracting community.
In 2021, AUS launched an Environmental Assessment (EA) guided by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to support the program, which was submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review and approval in spring 2022. The FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision in July 2022.