Old Feb 9, 19, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by ryw View Post
Hasn't Delta designated AUS a focus city? I believe there's already service to all DL hubs. Maybe if there's enough growth they would consider expanding to including some regional services in a few years, to help avoid the ATL backtracking?
See my post above

I just posted this in the 'Austin SC' thread, but the plans from what I heard for the immediate future (as soon as the new terminal expansion opens later this month) is to go from 9 turns per day at 3 dedicated gates to 10 turns per day at 5 dedicated gates.

Peak daily departures will therefore go from 27 to 50, rumored destinations are unsurprisingly other tech boom areas, even though they are 2, 3, even 4x covered by competitors such as PDX, DEN, SJC, BNA.

Also depends on what you mean by 'a few' years. Here's a snippet from a local newsmagazine:

On the heels of a $350 million, nine-gate expansion set to open this spring, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has plans to add an additional 32 gates—an evolution that would put the airport on par with Texas’ largest international airports.

“We can be as big as DFW,” said Lyn Estabrook, Planning and Development manager for ABIA, referring to the airport’s ability to handle travelers.

It is certainly possible, and I encourage Delta with all my effort, to turn AUS into its TX hub, it most definitely has its sights set on the young, affluent demographic here, and the GAs tell me that AUS is up there with JAX and MKE as one of the outstations with the highest Medallion populations.
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