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Austin-to-Germany direct flight resuming after two-year hiatus


Austin jet setters will soon be able to cross another European destination off their bucket list: Frankfurt, Germany.

Germany-based Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced Monday that the airline will resume its direct flight from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Frankfurt Airport on April 8 after a two-year pause due to the pandemic. Lufthansa originally began the flight in May 2019.

Calling Texas “one of the most important markets in the United States,” the ABIA flight marks the third direct flight to Frankfurt, with existing flights in Houston and Dallas.

The renewed flight will run three times per week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays leaving Austin at 4 p.m. and arriving in Frankfurt at 9:10 a.m. the next day, local time. The return flight will depart at 10:05 a.m., arriving in Austin at 2:15 p.m.

The flight service will use an Airbus A330-300 with 42 business class seats, 28 premium economy class seats and 185 economy class seats for a total of 255 passengers.

“After a two-year absence, AUS is incredibly happy to welcome back nonstop service to Frankfurt and our incredible partners at Lufthansa,” ABIA CEO Jacqueline Yaft said. “The return of this route gives Austin customers a convenient way to travel not only to Germany, but to a variety of destinations across Europe, Asia, and beyond.”


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.