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✈️ Prepare for take off
A plan flying over Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
The airport is currently undergoing a lengthy expansion process. | Photo by Dan Herron
Traveling via plane is fun — jet-setting over beautiful blue waters or rolling hills, taking in cloud formations, and landing in a completely different location in a matter of hours is unlike anything else.

The whole navigating the airport part? Less exciting, and sometimes pretty stressful. To help make your time at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from gates and parking to details on the airport’s 100+ nonstop flights.

What to know

A family of three walks past gate 17

Construction on the airport is set to be completed in the next six years.


Photo by Sandy L. Stevens

  • TSA | The Austin airport’s website recommends arriving:
    • Two-and-a-half hours early during peak hours (daily during 5-8 a.m., 11 a.m.–1 p.m., and 3:30-5:30 p.m.)
    • About 90 minutes before your flight during off-peak hours
    • Three hours before international flights
  • Map it out | If you’re like us and need to completely visualize a place before you step foot inside, this map of the entire airport will be your saving grace.
  • Food and drink | AUS really shines when it comes to its vast array of local food options. Case in point: Get some authentic Austin breakfast tacos from Tacodelibut beware the perpetually long line — before washing it down with a cuppa joe from Jo’s Coffee.
  • Reminder | As of May 2023, all travelers over the age of 18 need a REAL ID to board commercial flights in the US.
  • Flight status | While we recommend staying updated via your respective airline, you can also check the airport’s dashboard for your flight status in a pinch.

Nonstop flights

The Saxon Pub is filled with sit-down guests in front of the Asleep at the Wheel stage.

The airport has stages all over the terminal for live entertainment.


Photo by Austin Pro Photo

AUS offers 160+ nonstop flights, with 70 domestic destinations and more than a dozen international choices. Here are five nonstop flights — and even more here — to consider for your next trip.
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands | KLM Royal Dutch Airlines | Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Charleston | Southwest Airlines | Daily
  • Frankfurt, Germany | Lufthansa | Daily
  • Honolulu | Hawaiian Airlines | Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Mexico City, Mexico | Aeromexico | Daily
What seat are you in when flying?

A. Window seat
B. Aisle seat
C. Middle seat
D. I don’t have a preference
Monday, April 1
  • Pup Crawl | Now-Sunday, April 28 | Times vary | MUTTS Canine Cantina, 825 N. Lake Creek Pkwy., Austin | $25 | Grab a pawsport and your pup to drink your way through town and raise money for the Austin Humane Society.
  • Basic Digital Photography Class | Monday, April 1 | 6-8 p.m. | Precision Camera and Video, 9600 S. I-35 Frontage Rd., Austin | $40 | Learn the ins and outs of photography at this beginner-friendly class — remember to bring your camera, a memory card, and a fully charged battery.
  • Intro to Improv | Monday, April 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Fallout Theater, 616 Lavaca St., Austin | Free | Try your hand at improv comedy at this low-pressure class.
Tuesday, April 2
  • Colorado Eagles vs. Texas Stars | Tuesday, April 2-Wednesday, April 3 | 7 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park | $20-$56 | Spend an evening with Austin’s AHL affiliate team as they take on the Eagles.
  • Brené Brown, Gina Chavez, and Carrie Rodriguez | Tuesday, April 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | $15-$300 | The trio will put on an evening of storytelling and song to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Disney Princess: The Concert | Wednesday, April 3 | 7 p.m. | The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin | $30-$60 | Hear the famed tunes of Disney leading ladies, including Elsa, Jasmine, and Nala.
  • ATXplained Live | Wednesday, April 3 | 7:30-7:30 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $24-$44 | The KUT team returns to the stage to share Austin-specific stories based on locals’ questions.
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News Notes
  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is on the market, according to a report from Deadline. The locally founded chain — which has 41 locations across 13 states — has had a turbulent few years since the pandemic. At this time, asking price is unknown and there are no bids.
  • Fly, fly away, birds. Due to safety and storage concerns, Austin’s Transportation and Public Works Department plans to reduce the amount of electric scooters Downtown in half in April. The city is also considering limiting new vendor licenses for electronic micro mobility companies. (KXAN)
  • With the offices of The Austin Chronicle set to be demolished in wake of the I-35 expansion, staff members opened a time capsule hidden under the floorboards in 1999. Inside was a VHS tape, a T-shirt, a “Don’t Mess with Texas Women” bumper sticker, a floppy disk, and more. (KUT)
  • Austin Pets Alive! Thrift will open its fifth location in Pflugerville later this month. The charity thrift chain, which just opened a location in Round Rock in February, will open at 15803 Windermere Dr. on Saturday, April 13.
  • Skin Pharm, a skin care clinic founded in Nashville by nurse practitioner Maegan Griffin, opens its first Austin location today at 4609 Bee Caves Rd. Ste. #100. Austin marks the chain’s eighth location — read about the founder.
  • Arizona-based Postino Wine Café has two locations in the works for Austin: one near Zilker at 1301 S. Lamar Blvd. and one in Bryker Woods at 1612 W. 35th St., opening this summer + in 2025, respectively. Expect wines from around the globe, coffee + tea, and New American dishes.
  • Could Quinn Ewers be the best college football quarterback this upcoming season? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Texas Longhorns with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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    • Mark your calendars, Austin. Zoholics, a software-focused event hosted by the local experts at Zoho, is happening June 5-6. Business professionals will for two packed days brimming with opportunities for learning, inspiration, and business growth. Pro tip: Use ATXTODAY50 for 50% off (general admission only).*
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    🎤 It’s almost Nané Day
    Daniel Sahad singing passionately into a microphone with his head to the sky, wearing a white suit with fringe, snake decals, and flower decals.
    Nané band members Daniel Sahad (pictured) and Ian Green met while studying at UT Austin in 2016, but the band formally began in 2019. | Photo by @emilypaige7ate9
    Austinites will come together to celebrate the legacy of beloved local band Nané this week.

    The City of Austin classified April 7 as “Nané Day” in 2022, shortly before the death of lead singer, Daniel Sahad, who was 29. Friends, fans, and fellow band members will gather for an evening of live music in celebration of his life at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at Empire Garage (606 E. 7th St.).

    The concert will begin with a performance from Jefferson Clay — who performed with Nané during their ACL Festival set in 2021 — before Nané takes the stage with Quentin Arispe of The Past Lives on lead vocals.

    Nané co-creator and guitarist Ian Green said they will perform the entirety of the band’s discography. This will be Nané's first performance since 2022.

    Tickets start at $20 each and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the SIMS Foundation.
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    I actually met Nané in 2020 when I saw them filming inside giant inflatable hamster balls at Zilker Park. I asked them what they were doing, and in turn, they asked if I wanted to be in the video.

    I politely declined, and I’m not sure if they ever used the footage, but it always stuck with me how friendly they all were.
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