Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials are warning passengers to plan ahead as spring break may cause an influx of travelers.

What you need to know

ABIA officials are predicting there will be multiple days in March with over 30,000 travelers, and likely the busiest day for departures will be:
  • March 7
  • March 8
  • March 10
  • March 11
The anticipated volumes of travel are amid spring break among various school districts and festivals such as South by Southwest.

The options

Officials recommend passengers arrive at least two and a half hours before departure for domestic flights and three hours for international flights to make it through Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, screenings on time.

The TSA checkpoint located at the far west end of the airport is closed for construction for at least the next two years.

The conditions

In 2023, the airport experienced its busiest year on record, with over 22 million passengers and nine of the top 10 busiest days taking place in 2023 alone.

As Austin's population grows, a multiyear expansion program will address the need of an increasing volume of travelers, working to modernize and expand the airport.

Quote of note

“Our staff has been working hard to prepare the airport for an increase of travelers and will continue to work hard throughout this busy travel period,” ABIA interim CEO Ghizlane Badawi said in a news release. “We do ask that passengers plan to arrive early, refer to our travel tips and show kindness to others along their journey.”