AUSTIN (KXAN) — With Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the middle of another potential record year, the airport is looking to keep up with the demand.
More than 4.6 million passengers have already traveled through the airport since the beginning of the year, a more than 14 percent increase over last year at this time.
The new parking garage currently being built will be completed this year, and the terminal gate expansion is expected to be finished early next year.
Delta Airlines plans to expand as well at ABIA, taking advantage of the airport’s growth.
Austin has been chosen as a Delta “Focus City”. It’s one of four across the United States.
As a “Focus City,” Delta will invest more resources into ABIA. That means the potential for more direct flights, larger planes, more marketing locally and a Sky Club lounge in the new terminal that’s under construction.
Right now, Delta has 10 nonstop flights out of Austin. A spokesperson says as more are added, the airline will focus on popular business destinations.
For now, being a “Focus City” is different than being a hub or even a mini-hub. Delta says Austin doesn’t currently have enough gates to service connecting flights. But airport officials say, in the future, nothing’s out of the question, as ABIA continues to grow and work with major airlines.
“We listen to their needs and wants, and then we work with them with what they have to offer,” said ABIA spokesman Derick Hackett.
According to Hackett, Delta Air Lines is currently ABIA’s fourth largest carrier. The airline had 1.7 million passengers come in and out of the Austin airport in 2017.
Delta has eight hubs across the United States. The company’s three other “Focus Cities” are Boston, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham.