May was the busiest month on record at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, officials said.

By the numbers

Total passenger traffic in May totaled over 2 million, surpassing the previous busiest month on record—July 2023—by more than 27,000 passengers.

Total passenger traffic in 2024 so far compared to January-May in 2023 is up by 0.8% with a total of over 8.8 million passengers. Last year was the busiest year on record for the airport, surpassing 2022 for the title.

Over half of the top 10 busiest days ever at ABIA are from 2024 alone, including the days following a total solar eclipse in the region.

Passenger traffic is anticipated to continuously soar as Central Texas grows. An expansion program is underway to address the growth impacting the 25-year-old airport.

Stay tuned

Transportation Security Administration officials said this summer—from May 24-Sept. 3—is forecast to be the busiest summer for travel ever seen nationwide. May through July at ABIA are historically busy months.

TSA officials said June 23 was the busiest day ever, with officers screening almost 3 million passengers at airports nationwide. Over 32 million passengers are expected to travel the days surrounding Independence Day, TSA officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration anticipates June 27 to be the busiest air travel day of 2024. ABIA officials told Community Impact they don’t have passenger projections surrounding July 4, but they expect volumes to be staggered throughout the week and don't anticipate travel days surrounding July 4 will be record-breaking busy.

Busy at ABIA refers to a day with over 30,000 departing passengers, airport officials said.

Travelers passing through ABIA this summer will notice changes to security checkpoints and construction on some projects related to the expansion program.

Airport officials recommend the following tips to passengers:

  • Arrive 2.5 hours prior to domestic flights and three hours prior to departure for international flights.
  • Monitor the latest flight status with the airline and the weather.
  • Check if parking is available ahead of time online or by calling ABIA officials.
  • Drop off passengers at either the upper departures or lower arrivals level at the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
  • Allow extra time to arrive at the airport if traffic conditions are poor.
  • ABIA staff and TSA staff can provide assistance to passengers as needed.

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