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Direct flight from Austin to Amsterdam starts late March


In an exciting week for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will begin a direct service flight from the capital city to Amsterdam starting March 28 this year.

The flight will run three times per week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The route was originally scheduled to start running in May 2020 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

The news comes right after Germany-based Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced it would resume its direct Austin-to-Frankfurt flight starting in April.

“This week has been full of exciting news for AUS as we welcome nonstop services to Europe,” SD23 Mobility Outcome Assistant City Manager Gina Fiandaca said. “Expanding Austin’s connection to Europe and new international destinations is a long-term goal for our airport and will support Austin’s growth and development as a tech hub and premiere destination. A nonstop service to Amsterdam is a great achievement for Austin.”

Austin will be KLM’s second Texas destination, with existing service in Houston, and 19th North American destination. Austinites will fly into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), which connects to more than 60 European, Asian and African destinations.

The flight will operate out of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with on-board Wi-Fi and entertainment, business class flat-beds with direct aisle access, and sustainability practices including 30% larger windows, 20% lower fuel consumption, less waste during manufacturing and end-of-life recycling.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.