Busy travel day planned at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Today is set to be the second busiest travel day of the year at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

ABIA says it is already seeing up to 20,000 more people passing through its doors than last year. Officials say they expect about 30,000 passengers a day for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Austin-Bergstrom says travelers should expect a “much busier than usual” experience due to increased vaccination rates and postponed travel plans from last year. This applies throughout the holiday travel period, from Friday November 19 to Monday November 29.

Austin-Bergstrom is also advising travelers who may not have been on the plane for some time, especially those traveling with children, to familiarize themselves with some of the changes in place due to COVID-19. Inside both terminals, face masks are mandatory for travelers over two years old, as the TSA requirement has been extended until January 18.

The airport also advises to allow time for parking, returning rental vehicles, checking baggage, obtaining boarding passes and going through security, especially in the morning for those traveling before 9 a.m. Security checkpoints open at 3:30 a.m. with TSA PreCheck and Clear. screening available at checkpoints 1 and 2.

Travelers who are dropped off in the morning can use the upper and lower sidewalks to facilitate movement, the airport explains, as passengers can quickly move from the lower level upstairs to ticket and security via escalators and elevators. .

The airport says parking options are expected to fill up quickly and limited reservations for the Blue Garage and Red Garage are available online. If reservations are sold out, drive up options may be available. Travelers sit on ABIAParking.com to reserve a spot and check real-time parking availability before arriving at the airport.

Passengers requiring wheelchair assistance should contact their airline directly before arriving at the airport to arrange wheelchair service at the terminal, says Austin-Bergstrom.

For those packing holiday treats, including leftovers, the airport says TSA rules regarding liquids still apply.

In addition, firearms are prohibited at passenger checkpoints and in any carry-on baggage, and their possession may result in arrest. For a complete list of items prohibited and permitted in carry-on baggage, click here.

The airport reminds all passengers that all Allegiant and Frontier flights operate at the South Terminal and their passengers must park at the South Terminal, accessible from Burleson Road, between US 183 South and FM 973. All other airlines operate from Barbara Jordan, the principal of the airport. Terminal located next to SH 71.

Once inside the terminal, the airport says new digital maps compatible with mobile devices and desktop computers provide real-time information on everything from locations to garages, stores, restaurants, as well as orientation options. The card also allows passengers to view the last hours of store and restaurant hours, view menus, and order food deliveries to the airport from select AUS concessions.

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