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As seen from above, construction workers stand in a dirt-covered construction zone at the Austin airport, between the concourse building and the roadway. In the background, plane wings are visible.
The Austin airport’s West Infill project will expand the airport by 75,000 sqft. | Photo via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport news release
Travelers began to see direct impacts from Austin Bergstrom-International Airport’s many construction projects last week when the airport closed TSA Checkpoint 3 to make way for expansions to the far west end of the terminal.

The closure is expected to last until 2026 — here’s what to know.

Why close Checkpoint 3?

The airport closed Checkpoint 3 to make way for crews to work on the West Infill expansion project, which will result in:
  • 75,000 sqft of new space
  • A new outbound baggage handling system with the capacity to process 4,000 bags per hour (compared to the current system’s capacity of 1,600 bags per hour)
  • Six to eight new lanes at Checkpoint 3
Until the project is complete, travelers can use Checkpoints 1 and 2 West for general screening, Checkpoints 1 and 2 East for TSA PreCheck, or Checkpoint 1 for CLEAR.

A rendering of the west Gate expansion

The West Infill project will expand terminal space and make room for a new outbound baggage handling system.

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Rendering via Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

What else is happening at ABIA?

Lots. The Journey With AUS multi-year expansion plan has several moving parts, with the following projects already in the works:
  • West Gate Expansion | Expected completion date: Late 2026
    • 84,500 sqft of new space
    • New third level mezzanine, quiet space, and playscape
    • Three new gates
  • Airline fuel facility | Expected completion date: This year
    • New fuel facility to meet demand for 3-5% annual increase
And there’s more where that came from. Projects in the “design” and “envision” stages include:
  • Adding 13,000 sqft of floor space in the ticketing-level atrium
  • Building new baggage carousels, booths, and queuing space for international arrivals
  • Constructing Concourse B, which will connect to the Barbara Jordan Terminal through an underground tunnel
  • Removing and replacing the Red Garage to make way for a new arrivals and departure hall with expanded check-in and concessions
  • Erecting a new, 6,500- to 7,500-space garage near the Blue Garage
See the full plan and learn more about Journey with AUS.
 
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How often do you travel out of the Austin airport?

A. 7+ times per year
B. 3-6 times per year
C. 1-2 times per year
D. Less than once per year
 
Events
 
Monday, Feb. 12
  • “Year of the Dragon” Lunar New Year | Monday, Feb. 12 | 5-9 p.m. | Wu Chow, 500 W. 5th St., Austin | Cost of donation | Wu Chow’s annual Lunar New Year celebration will benefit Austin Pets Alive! and feature bites, special cocktails, and lion dancers.
  • Cut Flower Gardening | Monday, Feb. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | Free with admission | Learn the art of cut flower gardening, varieties for different seasons, and the impact on the environment.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Austin Woman Fashion Show | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Austin PBS — KLRU-TV, 6101 Highland Campus Dr., Bldg. 3000, Austin | $75 | Seven emerging designers from the ACC Fashion Incubator will display their work at this evening also featuring networking, cocktails, and light bites.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • “Notting Hill” | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $11 | Spend Valentine’s Day watching Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts fall in love on the big screen.
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • OUTsider Festival | Thursday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 18 | Times vary | The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd., Austin | $109 | Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this festival with performances by LGBTQ+ artists centered around this year’s theme, “The Swish Up.”
Friday, Feb. 16
  • O. Henry Stories | Friday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 25 | Times vary | The Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | $14-$20 | Enjoy some comedic tales from this historic writer, who spent time living in Austin.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • Former Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon will take on a new role as Pflugerville’s director of emergency services. Chacon’s job will be to improve the city’s emergency planning and oversee ambulance company Allegiance Mobile Health. (Austin American-Statesman)
Cause
  • The Other Ones Foundation’s Camp Esperanza may soon double in size, thanks in part to ~$65 million in state funds that will be distributed to groups fighting homelessness in Austin. The expansion is in early stages, but could add about seven acres to the site. (KXAN)
Coming Soon
  • A new dog park and bar called Bark House Social will open at 5022 E. Cesar Chavez St. this spring. In addition to an acre-wide off-leash park, the new spot will have an area for small + shy dogs, a splash area, a bar with alcohol and coffee, and a food truck. (Eater Austin)
Announced
  • The City of Austin is expected to receive $1 million in federal funding today for pollution reduction in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metro. The gift comes from the EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program. (KXAN)
Environment
  • Speaking of pollution reduction, Travis County is one of 10 Texas counties that do not meet the EPA’s recently revised air quality standards. Counties that house other large Texas metros — like Dallas, Tarrant, Harris, and El Paso counties — were also on the list. (Community Impact Austin)
Feel Good
  • Do you have a local love story? Submit your memories to our local love map by today, Feb. 12 for a chance to be featured in the newsletter. Psst — putting your love on the map makes a nice surprise for your sweetheart.
Finance
  • Discover a brighter financial future with Money Pickle, your gateway to personalized financial advice. Connect with vetted financial advisors, handpicked to provide fiduciary guidance that directly aligns with your goals for investments, retirement, and beyond. Schedule your complimentary video consultation.*
 
 
Culture
 
❤️ Keep the learning going year-round
The George Washington Carver Musem
The George Washington Carver Museum offers a slew of events commemorating Black History Month. | Photo by ATXtoday
Black History Month is in full swing, marking a time to celebrate Black Americans and the contributions they have made to the US.

This February, learn about the past firsthand from the organizations + institutions working to preserve Black history in ATX.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center | This east Austin museum is a go-to spot for local Black history resources and is also offering a slate of events for Black History Month all February long.

Six Square | Austin’s Black Cultural District was the first of its kind in the state of Texas. In addition to preserving historic spaces and putting on programming, Six Square offers tours of historic east Austin.

Black Austin Tours | These tours — created by Austinite Javier Wallace — offer walks through East Austin and Downtown, plus paddles along the Colorado River.
 
The Buy
 
Beats Studio Buds, because you deserve an earbud upgrade. The Beats buds use active noise canceling technology for an immersive sound experience. Bonus: They’re sweat and water resistant, aka your new best gym buddy.
 
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