AUSTIN – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s (IBIA) $164 million West Gate expansion project, the largest yet in a series of airport upgrades, has officially broken ground.
The 84,500-sf expansion will include three new boarding gates; five new waiting areas; replacements for 12 boarding bridges; new concessions, restrooms, children’s play area, family and nursing rooms; meditation room; and pet relief room.
Other developments that are now underway include TSA checkpoint improvements, new 90,000-sf air cargo facility, new jet fuel storage facility, and an upgraded baggage handling system, all to be completed within two years.
Longer-range improvements include a 13,000-sf infill of the airport’s atrium and construction of the future midfield concourse and its connector tunnel.
The existing South Terminal will be shuttered to clear the way for the new ten-gate midfield concourse. The city will pay $88 million to LoneStar Airport Holdings LLC to demolish the South Terminal.
The additions will potentially unlock cheaper flights, provide more convenient travel options, and add more jobs at ABIA.
The project, which is expected to be completed in spring 2026, will be funded through ABIA’s cash reserves, airport revenues, and future bonds.