October in Austin means not solely cooler climate but additionally throngs of tourists swarming town for 2 main world occasions: the Austin Metropolis Limits Music Competition in Zilker Park — which begins this weekend — and the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas later this month.
The inflow of vacationers and attendees will flood the passenger gates at Austin-Bergstrom Worldwide Airport, the place officers are asking vacationers to plan forward and put together for busy days over the following few weekends. The airport has offered solutions to some continuously requested questions:
What are the crowds at Austin’s airport going to be like?
Count on greater than 30,000 vacationers every day through the occasions.
“Following a busy summer time journey season that noticed record-breaking journey volumes, passengers flying out and in of (the airport) ought to know what to anticipate this October, which is anticipated to herald a brand new file variety of single-day departing vacationers for each ACL and the System 1 race,” airport officers stated in an announcement.
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When are probably the most crowded days?
Days that may most likely see greater than 30,000 departing passengers embrace:
- Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for ACL Week One.
- Oct. 16-18 for ACL Week Two.
- Oct. 20-26 for System 1 races.
When ought to I arrive on the airport?
Airport officers urge passengers utilizing common Transportation Safety Administration screening to reach at the least 2 ½ hours earlier than departure for home flights and three hours earlier than departure for worldwide flights.
Passengers that must examine baggage or return a rental automotive earlier than getting within the TSA safety line ought to arrive even earlier.
Texas 71 and U.S. 183, which intersect close to the airport, are anticipated to be busy, particularly F1 race weekend. Passengers ought to account for heavy site visitors and extra journey time to the airport.
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What’s the easiest way to examine into my flight?
Vacationers with out checked baggage can bypass the ticket counter and head straight to the TSA screening checkpoint and use these time-saving choices:
- Use a cellular boarding go to skip the airline ticket counters.
- Use a self-service kiosk contained in the terminal to print boarding passes.
- Some airways provide outdoors curbside check-in on the higher stage.
How do I get by means of safety with out bother?
“The TSA has reported that AUS passengers proceed to convey a file variety of weapons to safety checkpoints this yr,” airport officers stated. “Bringing prohibited objects, like firearms and liquids exceeding 3.4 ounces will trigger delays for passengers.”
The airport recommends that occasion promotional objects, cumbersome souvenirs and giveaways needs to be packed in carry-on baggage to keep away from delays within the screening course of for checked baggage.
Vacationers can go to TSA.gov for steerage on how you can pack and what objects are allowed in carry-on baggage.
Are there any safety line shortcuts?
Departing passengers can now use on-site TSA PreCheck enrollment, which you’ll be able to be taught extra about at austintexas.gov/AUS-PreCheck.
The TSA PreCheck program is open to U.S. residents and lawful everlasting residents, in addition to members collaborating in Trusted Traveler Packages like World Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. Enrolled members can journey with out eradicating sneakers, laptops, belts or mild jackets. Additionally they use devoted screening lanes at collaborating U.S. airports.
Austin-Bergstrom has 4 safety screening checkpoints, and all of them open at 3 a.m. and can result in all gates. TSA PreCheck and Clear can be found at Checkpoints 1 and a couple of West in the principle terminal.
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What are my parking choices on the airport?
At ABIAParking.com, you may reserve a parking area and examine for real-time parking availability earlier than going to the airport.
The airport urges vacationers to funds in additional arrival time for shuttle service to the terminal as shuttle service to the terminal runs roughly each 15 to twenty minutes.
Drivers can also use both the higher stage for departures or the decrease stage for arrivals to drop off passengers — and the identical goes for arrivals.
What if I want wheelchair help?
“Passengers who require wheelchair help must contact their airline previous to their journey date to arrange the service,” airport officers stated.
Extra details about accessibility companies on the airport, together with TSA screening procedures, parking choices, terminal curbside ride-hailing pickup from our Mobility Help Zone, and different journey ideas is obtainable at austintexas.gov/web page/accessibility.