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  1. DaninMCI
    DaninMCI at |

    What surprises me about Austin is the international routes like BA to LHR when airports of the same size and same traffic don’t attract such international routes. There must be more specific needs for this area that support it.

    1. Graham
      Graham at |

      @DaninMCI….there’s a very heavy tech presence that has grown in Austin over the last decade. There’s a lot of demand from companies like Dell, Samsung, HP, Apple, HomeAway, etc that are already established here in town, as well as a recent swell in startups. Throw in SXSW, ACL, and the other events/conferences held here and it’s pretty high demand year round.

    2. Ben
      Ben at |

      LHR started as a 788 and was upgauged to a 4-class 772 this last fall. That may have been oversized (or just intentionally temporary) since they did switch to a 789 on Feb 1. By all accounts the route is doing very well.

  2. Ben
    Ben at |

    Seth, this summer already brings the 4th international destination (after UK, Mexico and Canada) and the second regular wide-body (763) when Condor starts seasonal service to FRA on June 27, 2016.

    In addition there is a plan to move the LCCs (Allegiant and Frontier) out of the Main Terminal and into the old South Terminal (only used by VivaAerobús for a short stint), which relieves some congestion.

    And finally, at least some change has occurred in terms of pax access to the terminal as ABIA just built a 2nd parking garage and new rental car center. There has also been significant work done to widen SH71, the main access highway (with more in-progress).

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