Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sees busiest day ever following 2021 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix

More than 35,000 passengers traveled through the airport on Oct. 25, the Monday following the 2021 F1 U.S. Grand Prix. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 35,000 passengers traveled through the airport on Oct. 25, the Monday following the 2021 F1 U.S. Grand Prix. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)

More than 35,000 passengers traveled through the airport on Oct. 25, the Monday following the 2021 F1 U.S. Grand Prix. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport smashed its single-day passenger count record with 35,298 people traveling through the airport Oct. 25.

The busy day came the Monday after the Circuit of the Americas hosted the 2021 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix from Oct. 22-24. Airport traffic was also particularly high Oct. 24, reaching 29,251 passengers—the 10th busiest day ever—according to airport officials.


The previous record came the Monday after the 2019 F1 U.S. Grand Prix when the airport hit 31,934 passengers on Nov. 4, 2019. The 2020 race was cancelled due to COVID-19.

After a significant drop in passenger traffic at the beginning of the pandemic, the airport has started to see its overall passenger counts rebound to pre-pandemic levels.

October has been an especially busy month, during which the airport saw large crowds for the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the F1 race. The fifth busiest day ever happened on Oct. 8, which was the Friday of the second weekend of ACL as well as the day before the University of Texas versus the University of Oklahoma football game.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.



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