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Busy Memorial Day travel season kicks off with surprising start at Austin airport


The Austin airport has made a graceful entrance into what has been predicted to be a record-breaking summer for travel starting on Memorial Day weekend.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport expects more than 4.8 million passengers this summer, projecting a record-breaking year of 22 million in 2022, but operations on Friday morning seemed to run smoothly.

ABIA Public Information manager Sam Haynes said the smoothness of the morning can be attributed to a few things: Adequate staffing levels from airlines and at TSA as well as passengers heeding advice of arriving early.

“Airport staff, including the Department of Aviation, TSA and airline employees have been working tirelessly to support our community’s air travel needs and we are grateful for our passengers’ understanding that these are unprecedented times for our airport,” Haynes told Austonia.

The airport has recently seen huge traffic surges–especially after major events like F1 and ACL—in late March, travelers spoke about lines stretching outside the terminal doors and rental cars left abandoned.

Though there were some minor lines in the morning, some travelers took to Twitter to share surprising low wait times.

The airport currently recommends arriving for your flight at least two and a half hours early, or three if it is an international flight.

“We take great pride in being able to connect our community with so many destinations and continue to ask for our passengers' patience, preparedness and kindness as more people travel through AUS than ever before,” Haynes said.


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.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway