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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Plans $6.5 Billion in Projects

Completion dates are projected to be spread over the next 20 years

By Amy Durham

airport terminal with planes parked at gates in the evening with Austin skyline in the distance
Rendering of the west side expansion at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport | | Courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Austin’s primary airport is facing the challenge of accommodating its growing passenger traffic thanks to the city’s rapid population expansion and growing visitor numbers. To address these issues, a comprehensive plan consisting of 61 projects has been outlined for execution during the next 20 years. The $6.5 billion in funding required for these initiatives is being secured through a combination of means, including bonds and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

One of the largest projects is the construction of a new concourse featuring 10 additional gates to accommodate more flights. This concourse will be connected to the main terminal through an underground tunnel, which is anticipated to begin construction by the year 2030. This innovative addition is expected to significantly enhance the airport’s operational efficiency and passenger convenience, without adding congestion to existing facilities.

The $165 million Barbara Jordan Terminal upgrade project is already underway. The plan involves the installation of three new gates, the relocation of two other gates, and the introduction of new concessions and facilities. The completion of this project is slated for spring 2026. The vision involves the removal of three gates to create space for the tunnel connecting the terminal to the new concourse.

Other significant changes include the renovation of Gate 13 to facilitate more efficient bus operations and plane ground loading. The development of a new midfield concourse, which will replace the South Terminal, is also in the works. This particular project was caught up in legal disputes due to conflicts with a private terminal operator. A resolution was reached when the City of Austin approved a settlement of $88 million on June 1 to address the dispute. Pre-design and building removal efforts for the new midfield concourse have already begun. All planned projects aim to enhance the airport’s capacity and improve passenger experience.