AUSTIN (KXAN) – The City of Austin’s Airport Advisory Commission (AAC) met Wednesday to discuss several agenda items, including airport construction updates, as well as AUS staffing changes.

The airport is currently over capacity, with passenger totals hitting forecasts five years ahead of schedule, officials said citing the need for “immediate projects” to increase capacity.

The AAC briefly touched on the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on a possible runway incursion in February.

The NTSB initially tweeted about the incident Feb. 4 and said it involved a Southwest Airlines plane and a FedEx cargo plane.

rendering shows flight paths of two planes
This rendering from the National Transportation Safety Board shows the flight paths of a Southwest plane in red and a FedEx cargo plane in purple when they came close to colliding Feb. 4, 2023. (NTSB Photo)

“Of course, safety is the number one priority for all airports, and the Austin airport is no exception,” said Tracy Thompson, chief administrative and external affairs officer at AUS. “Our airport airfield operations team, executive staff and leadership team are engaged in aggressively supporting the various federal agencies in expeditious review of this incident.”

An action item on Wednesday’s agenda was to authorize the execution of a construction contract for the Airport Expansion and Development Program Building Demolition project.

The AAC said the project’s contract with STR Constructors, LLC, would be authorized for a total amount not to exceed $4,005,280.

Commissioners approved the contract to remove 39 buildings, from when AUS was an air force base, that now poses a “safety hazard.” The item now goes to City Council for approval.

Commissioners also heard a presentation on the airport’s proposed new Fuel Storage Facility. The project is still in the design phase at this time.