AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s airport saw explosive growth in 2022 as passenger numbers rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic, and then some.
A record 21,089,289 passengers were recorded flying in or out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport last year. Airport officials are projecting 22 million passengers in 2023.
We’re keeping track of all the numbers in what is set to be another busy year at AUS. Follow along with our interactive charts below.
We have created several interactive charts to help break down the data so it’s easier to navigate all the passenger numbers. Scroll down to explore all the data, or jump to a specific question using these links:
What’s the busiest year on record?
2022 was a record year at AUS, by far. More than 21 million passengers boarded a flight in or out of the airport, more than 3.7 million more than the previous record set in 2019.
For 2023, we have passenger totals for January through September at this point. More than 16.3 million passengers have been reported so far this year.
What’s the busiest month on record?
At the end of last year, all 10 of the top 10 busiest months of all time were in 2022. March, May, June and July of this year have all since cracked the top 10.
July 2023 stands as the busiest month ever at AUS, with more than 2.04 million passengers. Only three other months have seen more than 2 million passengers: May 2022, June 2023 and October 2022.
We’re keeping track of the monthly passenger totals in 2023 in the chart below.
January, February, March, June, July and September 2023 all set records for their respective months.
What’s the busiest day on record?
Oct. 23, 2023, stands as the current busiest day on record, with more than 43,000 passengers reported. The spike in passenger totals came as travelers left Austin after F1 weekend.
Days during SXSW, Spring Break and ACL also feature in the top 10 busiest days on record.
Which airline carries the most passengers?
Southwest Airlines is the largest airline operating at AUS in terms of passenger traffic. The airline frequently accounts for almost 40% of passengers each month.
American Airlines comes next, accounting for almost a quarter of passengers. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines often trade places in third and fourth place.
Which airlines are seeing the most growth?
The chart below shows how passenger totals accumulate through the year. Use the drop-down menu at the top to select a specific airline.
The chart below shows year-over-year growth in passenger totals. If a month is colored green, passenger totals were higher in 2023 than the same month in 2022. If red, the number of passengers decreased.
The chart below shows how passenger totals this year compare to 2022. If an airline has a green box in a certain month, it means the airline saw an increase in passengers compared to the same month last year. If the box is red, the airline saw a drop in passengers that month.
For example, British Airways saw a 131% increase in passengers in January 2023 compared to January 2022. Meanwhile, the number of passengers flying with Frontier Airlines dropped by 31%.
Which airlines have the most delays and cancellations?
In 2022, more than 70% of flights arriving at AUS reached the gate on time. The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports monthly arrival data for airlines and airports across the country.
BTS considers a flight ‘delayed’ if it arrives at the gate 15 or more minutes after the scheduled arrival time.
The chart below shows the number of on-time arrivals, delays, cancellations and diversions for flights scheduled to land at AUS. The initial view shows the total number of flights. Click the arrow in the top right to see the percentage of flights for each airline.
Several major airlines use subsidiary airlines to operate some of their more regional routes:
- Endeavor Air: Operates as Delta Connection
- Envoy Air: Operates as American Eagle
- Republic Airways: Operates as American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express
- SkyWest Airlines: Operates as Alaska SkyWest, American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express
What new routes are coming in 2023 and 2024?
Several airlines have launched or announced new routes in 2023 and 2024. We have a running list in the tables below.
If a route is brand new to the airport, it will be highlighted yellow in the right-hand column. Others listed in the table are new routes for a specific airline, but the route is already offered by a competing airline.
In November, American Airlines announced it is cutting 21 nonstop routes from Austin between January and April 2024. A full list of affected routes is available here.
Here’s some of our previous reporting on the new routes coming to AUS this year and next:
- Southwest launching new nonstop from Austin to Colorado ski destination in January
- American adds new nonstop from Austin to Memphis, taking off in January
- American Airlines expanding service from Austin to California, Florida
- American to launch nonstop from Austin to Florida beach destination in March
- Spirit Airlines launching new nonstop from Austin to Baltimore in February
- American to launch Austin-Sacramento nonstop in May 2023
- 4 new routes announced for Austin airport, including 2 new international destinations
- Allegiant to introduce new route from Austin-Bergstrom this summer
- American offering seasonal nonstop from Austin to Santa Fe in October
- Delta Air Lines launching two new nonstops from Austin in October
- Southwest Airlines launching nonstop from Austin to Puerto Rico next year
- Mexican airline brings new international route to Austin in March 2024
- Air Canada brings another new international route to Austin in 2024
- Southwest Airlines to fly nonstop from Austin to Boston beginning in June