Two Ways to London for Summer!
With two nonstop options to fly, there’s no better time to plan a trip to London! Nonstop service to London Heathrow on British Airways and to London Gatwick on Norwegian Air makes traveling to the United Kingdom and beyond easier than ever.
From exploring the world famous British Museum, to touring the Tower of London, to shopping in the city’s West End, there is a never-ending variety of travel possibilities for tourists of all ages. During the summer, between July 20 and September 2, Buckingham Palace opens to visitors, affording travelers the unique opportunity to see inside the Royal residence.
Beyond the spectacle that London offers are countless other incredible travel opportunities, including daytrips to the English countryside or the majestic White Cliffs of Dover. Even a journey north to Scotland or across the English Channel to Paris is only a quick trip from the heart of downtown London.
Flights from Austin to London operate daily on British Airways and three times a week on Norwegian Air.
Soak up some sun in Punta Cana!
This summer is your chance to experience a multitude of beaches and island adventures when you book a trip to Punta Cana. Located on the eastern most tip of the Dominican Republic, the town of Punta Cana is lined with resorts and outdoor fun for vacation-goers of any age. Explore one of their eight main beaches, visit a coral reef, or attend a marine show with the chance to ride a dolphin. With their prime marine location, Punta Cana is a popular spot for zip-lining, kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing so take this chance to trade the Texas heat for a Caribbean breeze.
This year, Vacation Express is offering an all-inclusive package with non-stop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, so book now to make a big splash this summer!
Main stage opens with star-studded celebration
The Heart of Austin, Saxon Pub – Asleep at the Wheel Stage located in the center of the Barbara Jordan Terminal celebrated its grand opening with a star-studded line up of performances by Ray Benson, Heybale Band, and Love & Chaos on April 19.
Located near Gate 19, the 4,456 square feet Heart of Austin has a 9-foot neon lighted guitar spinning above the area and seating for 190 patrons. The live music performance stage is 317 square feet with a state of the art sound system and equipment. The area includes bar and stadium seating, creating a comfortable backyard porch and patio vibe, along with the 876 square foot Saxon Pub bar.
“Live music is in Austin’s roots and culture, we work hard to make it part of the Austin passenger experience. I believe that we have one of the best airport music programs in the world and have now taken it to the next level,” said Michael Pennock, Austin airport music coordinator.
The music program at the Austin airport has hosted over 12,270 live music performances since 1999, with the Asleep at the Wheel stage being the largest of the five performance areas in the airport. Construction in the 9-gate terminal expansion will add another three live music performance spaces to the airport, which currently averages 25 live shows per week.
More information about the Austin airport music program, live music performance schedules, the live streaming airport playlist and KUTX partnership can be found at http://www.austintexas.gov/department/live-music-air-airport
West Food Court full of local favorites
After several months of renovations, Amy’s Ice Creams has reopened its airport location, joining three new restaurants, Hat Creek Burger Company, Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches, and East Side Pies in the West Food Court area across from Gate 21.
Serving their famous Mexican Vanilla, Oreo and Belgian Chocolate flavor – along with a variety of other tasty flavors and frozen treats – Amy’s is open Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Local favorite Hat Creek Burger Company started small as an Austin food truck and now has opened over nine locations in the Austin area including the Austin airport. Open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Hat Creek’s menu includes specialty burgers such as the Sombrero and the Cowboy Hat, with the option to make your sandwich or burger Skinny by having it wrapped in lettuce or in a bowl. Chicken sandwiches, salads, and a variety of breakfast choices and children’s meals round out the menu.
Next door to Hat Creek, East Side Pies is serving up specialty pizzas, baked to perfection. Their menu consists of eight specialty pies along with fresh garlic knots and an option to build your own perfect pie. All meat and fresh produce that are used in their pizzas are sourced from central Texas farmers.
Known for their “feel-good fast food” Austin-based Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches opens every day at 5:30 a.m., serving five crispy chicken sandwich options such as the East Side with cucumber yogurt sauce and the Club 512 sandwich with pepper jack cheese and savory avocado salsa. Veggie sandwiches, chicken tenders and breakfast items including tacos, breakfast sandwiches and house-made chicken and waffles are also available for hungry travelers.
James Avery lands at Austin-Bergstrom
Located just beyond security Checkpoint 1, passengers will now see the new James Avery artisan jewelry venue at the Austin airport. Opening on April 17, it is the first airport store location for the company.
James Avery offers crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, gold, gemstones as well as leather wallets, all designed by artisans in Kerrville, Texas. The retailer has 88 stores in five states. They have created ABIA, TSA and air travel themed pieces currently on display at the Austin airport and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On Another Note
Another Note: Austin-Bergstrom marks 20th Anniversary
On May 23, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will be marking its 20th anniversary of operation. Growing from 6.7 million passengers in 1999 to 15.8 million in 2018, and from 29 nonstop destinations to more than 70, the story of the past two decades of Austin-Bergstrom is one to celebrate!
We thank each and every traveler who helped make Austin-Bergstrom the airport of choice for Central Texas, and look forward to the dynamic changes we’re envisioning for our next 20 years. Travelers can learn more about the future of the Austin airport at: http://www.abiamasterplan.com/