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Austin- Bergstrom International Airport (AUS): Austin-Bergstrom International Airport serves the city of Austin and Central Texas. Austin is the state capital of Texas and home to the University of Texas. The airport has one of its terminals named after former Congresswomen Barbara Jordan. The airport has three levels, Baggage Claim, Concourse and Mezzanine and is located approximately eight miles from Austin. It serves eleven airlines providing 36 non-stop destinations in the US.

Austin-Bergstrom Airport is a multi-use facility providing service to general and commercial aviation, the State Aircraft Pooling Board, and the Texas Army National Guard. This airport is one of the first U.S airports to be converted from an air force base to commercial airport .The airport is 600,000 square feet and has 25 gates. Austin-Bergstromís parallel runways are both named after distinguished politicians; the West Runway for late President Lyndon B. Johnson and the East Runway for former Congressman J.J. "Jake" Pickle.

The airport has an outdoor Family Viewing Area, which is located near the east runway at Austin-Bergstrom Airport. This area has been set aside to provide a view point for watching the planes on the runway and also provides the visitors with paved parking and picnic tables. AUS is an important part of the community with over 3,000 employees.

AUS has been named one of the best airports in the world according to Airport Service Quality Awards. Among its numerous awards, 2011 marked the fifth consecutive year to earn a ranking in the top five airports in North America and the world for excellence in customer service.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:

Austin International Airport Contact:
Address: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 787197
Phone: : (512) 530-2242

Driving Directions:

From the North: Take I-35 south, exiting at the Highway 71 exit and heading east. Follow Highway 71 east for 6 miles, turn right at the airport sign and head directly to the terminal building.

From the South: Take I-35 north until you reach highway 71, then head east. Follow Highway 71 east for 6 miles, turn right at the airport sign and head directly to the terminal building.

From the West: Follow Ben White Boulevard, which turns into Highway 71 after crossing I-35. Continue 6 miles east, turn right at the airport sign and head directly to the terminal building.

Austin International Airport Parking: Family Friendly Valet: The passengers need to park at the curbside of upper level terminal and call for Family Friendly Valet. This facility is useful and very convenient when the passenger is late for flight and is travelling with kids and lots of luggage.
- Rate $15 per day
Premium Valet Parking: Passengers or visitors can pull up to the airport terminal on the upper level curb and leave the car with the attendant. Services within this facility range from exterior wash to high end detail.
- Rate $26 per day
Parking Garage: This parking is located directly across from the terminal. Hourly rate is $3/hour , up to the daily maximum.
- Rate $22 per day
Lot A: This lot is right next to the garage, and a short walk to the terminal. Hourly rate is $3/hour (or any part of), up to the daily maximum.
- Rate $11 per day
Economy (Lots B - F): 24 hours/day airport free shuttle services are provided between the On-Airport economy lots and the terminal.
- Rate $7 per day
Disabled parking: is available in all On-Airport Parking. In the garage, these spots are located at the end nearest the terminal and in the surface lots. Disabled parking are located adjacent to the shuttle stops and the shuttle buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.

Complimentary Parking: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport also offers complimentary parking to motor vehicles displaying Disabled Veteran, Congressional Medal of Honor, Former Prisoner of War, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Legion of Valor, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart Recipient license plates.

Austin International Airport Hotels: Austin is not only the capital of Texas, but is also one of the most important educational, commercial and financial centers in the state. The city receives many of visitors of different backgrounds each year, offering a diverse selection of hotels.

Austin Bergstrom International (AUS) serves more than nine million passengers annually and there is plenty of quality accommodation to choose from, both near the airport and in the city itself, to serve the huge business, government and tourism demands. Six hotels and inns are located near the airport, with the Hilton Austin Airport being closest and offering extensive conference facilities. Further well-known brands nearby include Comfort Suites, La Quinta Inn, Best Western and Hyatt hotels, many of which offer free shuttle bus connections both to and from Austin AUS Airport. Some of the hotels with distances from AUS are listed below:

- Hilton Austin Airport - 9515 New Airport Drive, Austin, TX 78719 - 0.5 Miles
- Comfort Suites Austin Airport- 7501 East Ben White Boulevard, Austin, Texas - 1 Mile
- La Quinta Inn and Suites- 7625 East Ben White Boulevard, Austin,TX - 2 Miles
- La Quinta Inn Austin Ben White- 4200 I-35 South, Austin,Texas - 3 Miles
- Best Western Seville Plaza Inn, 4323 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78744 - 5 Miles
- Comfort Suites Downtown, 1701 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin, Texas - 5 Miles
- Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX 78744 - 6 Miles
- Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake Hotel, Holiday Inn Town Lake, 20 North IH-35, Austin, TX 78701 - 7 Miles
- Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel, 208 Barton Springs, Austin,TX (TX), 78704 - 7 Miles

AUS Airport Terminal Information: Austin International is compact and modern, and consists of a three-level central structure with a long concourse branching off the second level. Level 1 is the Baggage Claim Level for Arrivals, Level 2 is the Concourse Level for Departures and Level 3 is the Mezzanine Level, where you will find airline lounges. The terminal is 660,000 square feet with a total of 25 gates. The terminal houses many local restaurants for the visitors to get a "taste of Austin". The terminal is connected to a 3000 space parking garage used for public parking as well as rental car pick-up and return. A new dedicated facility known as the South Terminal Austin was approved by the Austin City Council in order to accommodate the arrival of Mexican-based, low-cost airline, VivaAerobus, which launched operations on May 1, 2008. That terminal was closed on June 1, 2009, after VivaAerobus terminated service to Austin.

Austin Bergstrom Airport's terminal features wireless Internet access throughout all levels, as well as conveniently positioned ATM machines. Postal and business facilities are also available at the airport terminal. The terminal also provides a varied selection of restaurants and cafes. There are several quality shops to explore within the complex of Austin Bergstrom Airport, including the Book People, the Austin Chronicle and Sierra News. Also of interest to passengers are various prominent art works around the Barbara Jordan Terminal, parking for over 10,000 vehicles, and various information counters.

The airlines operating at AUS are:
- AirTran Airways operated by Southwest Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines
- Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines
- Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet
- Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines
- Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
- United Express operated by ExpressJet
- United Express operated by GoJet Airlines
- United Express operated by Mesa Airlines
- United Express operated by Shuttle America
- United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines
- US Airways
- US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines
- Virgin America

Terminal Shops:
- Austin Article Newsstand
- Austin Chronicle
- Austin City Limits Waterloo Gifts and Accessories
- Austin Warehouse District
- Barton Springs Dry Goods
- BookPeople
- Sierra News
- The Longhorns Store

Terminal Restaurants:
- Amy's Ice Creams
- Auntie Anne's
- Austin Java
- Hill's Cafť
- Mangia Pizza
- Maudie's Tex-Mex
- Nuevo Leon
- Ray Benson's Roadhouse
- Ruta Maya Coffee
- ThunderCloud Subs
- Waterloo Ice House
- Wok and Roll

Lost and Found: Items left in the terminal: (512) 530-7600, lost and found department is located at the west end of baggage claim near the car rentals. The hours of operation are:
- Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Closed Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m
- Closed Saturday and Sunday

City of Austin: Austin also known as the Live Music Capital of the World, one can find something playing any time of day. The Texas State Capitol is one of Austinís most popular attractions with more than one million visitors each year. Austin is the 11th most populous city in the United States of America. The city grew throughout the 19th century and has evolved to become a center for government and education with the construction of Texas State Capitol and University of Texas.

Residents of Austin are called Austinites. The current official slogan promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the area, and the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. In the late 1800s, Austin also became known as the City of the "Violet Crown" for the wintertime violet glow of color across the hills just after sunset. Austin is also known as a "clean air city" for the city's strict no-smoking ordinances that apply to all public places and buildings and restaurants.

Austin History: The first settlers from Europe arrived when the area was inhabited by the Tonkawa tribe, the Comanches and Lipan Apaches. When Mexico got independence, new settlements were established in Central Texas, but growth in the region was stagnant because of conflicts with the regional Native Americans. In 1835Ė1836, Texans fought and won independence from Mexico. Texas thus became its own independent country with its own president, congress, and monetary system.

In 1839, the Texas Congress formed a commission to seek a site for a new capital to be named for Stephen F. Austin. Mirabeau B. Lamar. The second president of the newly formed Republic of Texas, advised the commissioners to investigate the area named Waterloo, noting the area's hills, waterways, and pleasant surroundings. Waterloo was selected and the name Austin was chosen as the town's new name. The name Austin is considered to be derived from Augustine, a variant of Augustus. The location was seen as a convenient crossroads for trade routes between Santa Fe and Galveston Bay, as well as routes between northern Mexico and the Red River. Austin is also the site where the southern leg of the Chisholm Trail leads to the Colorado River.

In 1840, a series of conflicts between the Texas Rangers and the Comanches, known as the Council House Fight and the Battle of Plum Creek, finally pushed the Comanches westward, mostly ending conflicts in Central Texas. Initially, the new capital thrived. But Lamar's political enemy, Sam Houston, used two Mexican army incursions to San Antonio as an excuse to move the government. Sam Houston fought bitterly against Lamarís decision to establish the capital in such a remote wilderness.

In 1860, 38% of Travis County residents were slaves. In 1861, with the outbreak of the American Civil War, voters in Austin and other Central Texas communities voted against secession. However, as the war progressed and fears of attack by Union forces increased, Austin contributed hundreds of men to the Confederate forces.

The postwar period saw dramatic population and economic growth. The opening of the Houston and Texas Central Railway (H&TC) in 1871, turned Austin into the major trading center for the region with the ability to transport both cotton and cattle. Cotton was one of the few crops produced locally for export and a cotton gin engine was located downtown near the trains for "ginning" cotton of its seeds and turning the product into bales for shipment. As other new railroads were built through the region in 1870s, however, Austin began to lose its primacy in trade to the surrounding communities. The University of Texas at Austin held its first classes in 1883, although classes had been held in the original wooden state Capitol for four years before. During the 1880s, Austin gained new prominence as the State Capitol building was completed in 1888 and claimed as the seventh largest building in the world.

Austin Climate: Austin has a humid subtropical climate, which is characterized by hot summers and mild winters. Austin is usually sunny with summers usually hot. Winters in Austin are mild and relatively dry. About every two years or so, Austin experiences an ice storm that freezes roads over and affects much of the city for 24 to 48 hours. Snowfall is rare in Austin; a 3-inch snowstorm brought the city to a near standstill in 1985.

Austin Attractions: Located among cascading green hills and a network of lakes, the city of Austin offers visitors a small town feel, numerous tourist attractions and beautiful parklands. Some of the known attractions of the city are as follows:

The Capitol Building: This building was opened in 1888 and is one of the major landmarks of Texas history and politics. It is also a major Austin attraction and major tourist spot. It is a favorite part of the Austin skyline, and there are actually building restrictions to keep it easily viewable from all parts of town.

Lady Bird Lake and Hike and Bike Trail: Once called Town Lake, this beautiful body of water on the south border of downtown was renamed Lady Bird Lake after the former first lady in 2007. Most motorized watercraft is forbidden on the lake, and thus makes it a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, and rowing. The lake is surrounded by the popular Hike and Bike trail, which is around 10 miles long. The surface is mostly crushed granite and is quite flat and hundreds of locals flock here every day to exercise. Auditorium Shores, the park on the south bank, is expansive and is host to many open-air music festivals and activities.

Congress Avenue bats: Each year around March, about 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Austin and make their home under the Congress Avenue Bridge. From March until September, if you come out at dusk, you can watch the creepy creatures emerge en masse for a feeding of insects. On summer nights, tourists and locals alike line up on the bridge for a look. August is one of the best months for viewing the bats especially when the nights are hot and dry.

The Governor's Mansion: Built in 1856, this beautiful home is the most historic house in Texas and is the oldest executive home west of the Mississippi River. The residence was once occupied by Sam Houston, who was one of the heroes of the Texas revolution. The home fell victim to arson in June of 2008 and has since been closed for restoration. Public tours will resume once the rebuilding is complete, but one can still drive or walk by and view the home from the outside.

Austin Children's Museum: Located in the heart of downtown, the colorful Austin Children's Museum is a fun place for kids. The museum teaches important lessons through play and has regular storytelling time, science demonstrations, workshops, and camps for little ones. Itís one of the best place to keep the kids entertained for a few hours.


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