AUS expects busiest month with ACL, races at COTA coming to Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thanks to the Austin City Limits music festival and two huge events at Circuit of the Americas, officials at Austin-Bergstrom Internation Airport are expecting potential record-breaking passenger volumes in October once again.

Coming off the fifth-busiest month in AUS history in July, airport officials say October is typically the busiest month of the year because of these events:

  • Austin City Limits: Oct. 1-3 and 8-10
  • MotoGP at COTA: Oct. 1-3
  • Formula 1 US Grand Prix at COTA: Oct. 22-24

That said, officials stress if you have a flight near the dates of the events, give yourself extra time to do basically anything in the airport, whether it’s checking in, parking, checking bags, getting a boarding pass or going through security. Officials say lines could be “particularly long” for flights that leave before 9 a.m.

As a general rule, arriving 2.5 hours before a domestic flight is highly encouraged, as well as getting to the airport three hours before an international flight. Security checkpoints open at 3:30 a.m.

Thursday-Monday are typically the busiest at the airport, the top four busiest days in AUS history have been Mondays after either ACL or the Formula 1 race.

  • Nov. 4, 2019: 31,934 passengers following Formula 1
  • Oct. 14, 2019: 31,165 passengers following the second weekend of ACL
  • Oct. 7, 2019: 30,328 passengers following the first weekend of ACL
  • Oct. 22, 2018: 29,753 passengers following Formula 1

Airport officials say people being dropped off or picked up from the airport can use both upper and lower curbside areas.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Austin-Travis County

Tracking the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Cases Tracker

Latest Central Texas COVID-19 Cases

Trending Stories

Don't Miss