As the winter weather in Austin escalates to record-breaking lows, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, or AUS, is experiencing significant flight cancellations in the upcoming week.
In a press release, AUS advised travelers to confirm flight statuses with their airline before heading over to the airport within the next 48 hours. If a flight is confirmed, the statement urged people to consider the winter warnings and travel to the airport with extreme caution.
Due to the extreme conditions, AUS has made operation updates to the airport, including the closure of one of the two security checkpoints and modified access in and out of the Blue Garage.
Although the airport remains open, Austinites are reminded to stay off the roads whenever possible. Dozens of wrecks have occurred due to ice on the roads since the winter storm came in.
Roadways surrounding the airport have either been reported closed or with ice. If you or a loved one has a flight to catch, passengers are encouraged to check DriveTexas.org for road conditions.
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The Food and Drug Administration approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is to be shipped out this month, increasing the number of vaccines available.
In a virtual meeting on Friday, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee unanimously approved of the U.S.'s third available COVID-19 vaccine, which was officially approved on Saturday. Federal officials say 4 million doses will go out nationally this week, with an expected 20 million doses to be available by the end of March. The Texas Department of State Health Services has said it expects to receive about 200,000 doses, but has not released a timeline of when doses will be shipped and available.