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Holiday travel drives long wait times, delays at Austin airport

Airport expecting busier Christmas travel season than usual. (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport/Facebook)

Travelers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport faced long wait times and delays Saturday at the start of peak holiday travel.

As of 1 p.m., more than 70 flights were delayed and three were canceled, according to the ABIA Real-Time Arrivals and Departures.

Peak holiday travel for the airport takes place from Dec. 17 to Jan. 4 and the airport is expecting a busier Christmas travel season than usual. Just a few weeks ago, the Sunday before Thanksgiving marked the second-busiest day in the history of the airport, after which there were several days of 30,000 or more passengers.

The ABIA wait times show current estimates at 18-22 minutes at Checkpoint 1, more than 30 minutes at Checkpoint 2 and 26-30 minutes at Checkpoint 3.

ABIA advised arriving three hours early for international flights and two hours for domestic flights. Travelers are also recommended to reserve parking through, check in online ahead of arriving at the airport and use mobile boarding passes to help streamline the process.


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.