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Austin airport sets new passenger traffic record ahead of busy summer travel season


Traffic is soaring to new heights at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, which announced it had its busiest month ever in April, ahead of an anticipated record-breaking summer travel season.

April passenger traffic brought 1,865,046 passengers through the terminal at ABIA, up 121.74% compared to traffic in April 2021, while total enplanements reached 942,940, an increase of 121.17%.


March also saw more than 1.8 million passengers, according to airport officials. Senior public information specialist Bailey Grimmett said the traffic spike kicked off with major events like SXSW and spring break.

“In general, AUS has recovered from the dramatic decline in passenger activity and is experiencing higher demand for air travel than ever before, which can be attributed to why… April passenger numbers surpassed March,” Grimmett said.

While you’re almost guaranteed to run into lines in the airport terminal, the airline travelers chose had some bearing on the in-flight traffic when compared to April 2021.

Where traffic is up:

  • Hawaiian Airlines picked up 4,176 passengers in Austin, an increase of 378.9%
  • Allegiant Air picked up 33,698 passengers, an increase of 157%
  • Southwest Airlines picked up 722,855 passengers, an increase of 155.1%
  • American Airlines picked up 500,823 passengers, an increase of 161.7%
  • Delta Airlines picked up 223,691 passengers, an increase of 101.9%
  • United Airlines picked up 184,736 passengers, an increase of 95%
  • Alaska Airlines picked up 83,295 passengers, an increase of 80.9%
  • Sun Country Airlines picked up 420 passengers, an increase of 68.7%
  • JetBlue Airways picked up 37,661 passengers, an increase of 0.4%

Where traffic is down:

  • Frontier Airlines picked up 8,860 passengers, a decrease of 48.1%
  • Spirit Airlines picked up 35,948 passengers, a decrease of 21.3%

Airport officials aren’t expecting the traffic to die down anytime soon but reported that so far, things have been moving smoothly as passengers arrive early, plan ahead and follow travel recommendations.

“We are extremely grateful to our passengers for working with us during these record-breaking days and ahead of a record-breaking summer,” Grimmett said.

Know before you go—check out Austonia's complete guide to the airport.


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