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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.


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Valencia Hotel Group Presents Live Music & Longnecks - All Summer Long

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Live music and beer? Say no more. With a location in Austin, and others throughout Texas, the court hotels by the Valencia Hotel Group have a new offering for weekend stays: Live Music & Longnecks.

Enjoy live music all weekend long and check out the hotels’ state-of-the-art amenities between sets. Make a splash in the pool, enjoy outdoor fire pits, or challenge your friends in a yard game while enjoying a weekend full of live music! Did we mention the package includes deluxe accommodations and a bucket of beer? Oh, and if you needed more convincing, this pet-friendly hotel means the whole family can join in on the fun.

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