May passenger traffic sees 746% increase at ABIA versus last year

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport passenger traffic reached 1.1 million in May. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport passenger traffic reached 1.1 million in May. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport passenger traffic reached 1.1 million in May. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport saw passenger traffic skyrocket to 1.1 million passengers this May versus May 2020, resulting in a 745.9% year-over-year increase.

A July 16 news release from ABIA states Southwest Airlines accounted for the highest number of passengers with more than 360,000—a 624.5% increase compared to last year.


Spirit Airlines had the highest year-over-year increase, jumping by 2,469.1%, or almost 45,000 passengers, in May, according to the release.

The increase in traffic puts ABIA at more than 3.4 million passengers from January through May of this year, a 1.1% increase over the same period in 2020.

The report follows a July 13 ABIA announcement that the airport will close its South Terminal to accommodate a new concourse. The announcement also said summer air travel has started to return to pre-pandemic levels with the number of passengers expected to match or surpass totals from summer 2019.
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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