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Airlines are choosing to expand in Austin as a result of the growing city. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

Austin's culture is attracting more than just big tech. Airlines are taking advantage of the Austin craze and building their brands at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.


A year after the aviation industry saw record-low traffic, ABIA reports a leisure travel rebound. The result? More direct flights to vacation destinations rather than business-travel markets.

Adding more flights is American with 10 new flights including to New Orleans and Aspen; Alaska with 60% more seats than in 2019; Southwest now offers four flights more than in 2019; Hawaiian just added nonstop flights to Honolulu; Allegiant is building a new base at the south terminal; and Delta looking to establish itself as a key player at the medium-sized airport by dropping other cities to focus on the Texas capital, according to the Wall Street Journal.

All direct flights from ABIA. (ABIA)


An airport official told the Journal that airlines started really taking action at the Austin airport as a result of the Texodus, in which tech companies are relocating and expanding to the Hill Country.

Airport traffic was still down 72% for February, the latest recorded month, but the city's continued population growth, strong job market and continuing vaccine rollout ensures a bright future for the airport.

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More people left Los Angeles than moved to the city in 2020, a pattern that can be seen in many California cities. (City of Los Angeles/Twitter)

A week after Texas added two congressional seats and California lost one, state officials reported a population decline in 2020 for the first time in the Golden State's history.

California fell by over 182,000 people from January 2020 to January 2021, dropping almost 0.5% to cap out at around 39.5 million people. It is still the nation's most populous state.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz of hibiscus-infused Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 2 oz sparkling water
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 tsp allspice dram
Directions: Add infused Tito's Handmade Vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with a lime slice. Enjoy!

Several breweries in Austin host Austin FC watch parties in coordination with its biggest fan clubs. (Austin Anthem/Twitter)

The sun is out, and thousands of Austin FC fans will be as well as Austin FC goes to Kansas to play Sporting Kansas City at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

There's plenty of pub partners to choose from, but here's a few watch parties to help you get in on the action.

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