Austin Airport continues to experience massive growth, and travelers are noticing the difference

This year alone, the airport has already seen an almost 80 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to 2021.

AUSTIN, Texas – Officials with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said they’ve seen massive amounts of growth year over year.

Now they are gearing up for record-breaking traffic coming in and out of the airport with major events like the Austin City Limits Festival and the Formula 1 US Grand Prix.

The airport has already seen one this year alone almost 80% more passenger volume compared to 2021making this a year that airport officials said is consistently breaking records.

That’s no surprise, as Austin airport officials like Bailey Grimmett have said the airport continues to see massive growth year after year.

“We saw that this year compared to five years earlier. We broke every month. The record was higher than last year,” said Grimmett, a spokesman for the airport.

Travelers like Austinite Melinda Taylor said they’ve seen it firsthand.

“Traffic is really terrible. It’s difficult to park here at the airport and you can certainly see that with the large crowds during these tourist events,” Taylor said.

With additional traffic around events like the ACL Fest and the US Grand Prix, Grimmett said they’ve encountered problems in the past, such as the ability to refuel aircraft.

“Traffic, like actual vehicular traffic in the area, made that difficult. It was a challenge. So I know the fuel consortium is planning and talking about an alternative route,” Grimmett said.

These are the routes that the consortium is considering for fuel transport around the airport:

Grimmett also noted that an influx of people led to fuel shortage warnings for airlines. She noted that they have already had to issue 12 fuel shortage warnings to airlines this year, the same number of warnings issued overall last year.

This August, compared to last year, 1,787,017 people came, 37.67% more than last year.

Officials said they have about 60 projects planned to expand the airport. Traveler Ty Ford said it was necessary.

“It would make a lot of sense if only the airport itself would start looking after the population that comes here,” Ford said.

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