Austin-Bergstrom International Airport celebrated the opening of its newest terminal with a party on the patio, live music, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a water cannon salute for the first flight — Allegiant Airlines’s Austin – Albuquerque nonstop.
The first flight receiving the Austin South Terminal water cannon salute was Allegiant’s Austin – Albuquerque nonstop. / photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin
The South Terminal building, which dates back to the original Bergstrom Air Force Base, features a stylish, retro 70s architecture and décor. The exterior is marked by sleek white canopies, onto which changing colors are projected. The design utilizes colors and textures native to Texas Hill Country, meant to provide a one-of-a-kind airport experience reflective of the individuality of the city it serves.
Ribbon cutting: Michelle Cohen, Allegiant Director of Stations; Jeff Pearse, CEO South Terminal; Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Jim Burchetta, Sr. Vice-President, Oaktree Capital Management Group.
/ photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin
The South Terminal will offer 1,000 covered parking spaces for $7 a day and a drop-off area for taxis and ride share vehicles. The terminal ticketing area will include two TSA security check lines, while the post-security Departures Lounge will feature several amenities for travelers, including a grab-and-go concession area, charging stations and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Departures Lounge also includes an outdoor patio area, complete with various types of seating, a pet relief area, and even a food truck. It is the first post-security outdoor concession area of its kind for a major Texas airport.
Plane side boarding from Austin South Terminal. / photo credit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport / City of Austin
The opening of the South Terminal is the completion of a $12 million renovation to a 30,000 square foot facility and expands the capacity of Austin’s airport with three new gates. The terminal is equipped to service up to 500,000 passengers each year through its three canopy-covered outdoor gates. Allegiant calls the new terminal home after moving operations from the original Barbara Jordan Terminal; Sun Country Airlines and ViaAir will join Allegiant later in 2017.
The new South Terminal is accessed only from the south boundary of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport campus. The south side of the airport is accessed by taking US 183 to Burleson Road. The South Terminal is not accessible from inside the Barbara Jordan Terminal or from SH 71. A shuttle bus will be available to transfer passengers between the Barbara Jordan and South terminals if they have connecting flights or if they need to access the airport’s Rental Car Facility.
More information about the new South Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is available on the terminal’s website at www.austinsouthterminal.com.