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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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