Pyramids, beaches, sport fishing & cosmopolitan life are a quick flight away to Mexico
The bustling streets of an ancient Aztec capital turned modern metropolis, beautiful Pacific and Caribbean beaches, world class sport fishing, ancient Mayan ruins and stunning works of art and architecture on a cosmopolitan scale. All are just a short, nonstop flight south to Cabo, Cancún and Mexico City.
In a region bursting with violet jacarandas that blossom each spring and built on a lake atop the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán lies Mexico City. From pyramid exploring to modern art, top attractions include:
On the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula along the Caribbean, Cancún is the gateway to resorts and adventure of the Riviera Maya, as well as an incredible tourism destination in its own right. From visiting Mayan ruins to chic restaurants and trendy nightclubs, there’s something for everyone in Cancún. Nonstop flights are available now with Southwest Airlines . Additional flights are available in the summer on United Airlines and Sun Country from June to August.
At the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos are a pair of stunning coastal cities, San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, connected by 20 miles of beach resorts and championship golf courses. A trip to a luxury spa overlooking the Pacific or the adventure of world class sport fishing is a nonstop flight from Austin on Saturdays and Sundays this summer on Southwest Airlines.
Let the good times roll in New Orleans
New Orleans photos courtesy of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Todd Coleman & Zack Smith, photographers
Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest are right around the corner, plus culinary and musical fun always abounds in New Orleans. Now is a good time to plan a trip for good times in New Orleans! Nonstop flights on, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines and soon Spirit Airlines are a jazzy way from Austin to The Big Easy, New Orleans.
Enjoy music from jazz to funky swamp pop, try a taste of jambalaya, gumbo, etouffe and New Orleans’s signature pastry, beignets. Beyond being the birthplace of jazz and delicious cuisine, the National WWII Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and specialty museums from the Audubon Butterfly Garden to the Backstreet Cultural Museum are found only in New Orleans.
Know your Austin airport terminal, Southwest departs from the airport’s original Barbara Jordan Terminal and Spirit will begin service from that terminal on Feb. 14, 2019. Passengers on Frontier should park at The South Terminal. The South Terminal, at 10000 Logistics Lane, is a separate facility with separate access from the Barbara Jordan Terminal. Travelers should be aware that
off-airport parking does not serve the South Terminal. The South Terminal is accessed from
Burleson Road, located between US 183 South and FM 973, for details and directions please visit http://austinsouthterminal.com/getting-here-parking/ .
Spirit Airlines begins service in Austin
Travelers now have a new travel option as Spirit Airlines announced daily nonstop service from Austin to nine U.S. cities beginning in early 2019. Daily nonstop service between Austin and Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando will begin on Feb. 14, 2019 with additional service to Los Angeles starting on May 2. Tickets are on sale now at www.spirit.com.
MAD Greens opens, bringing fresh, fast options
Promotional photos courtesy of MAD Greens
Health food enthusiasts have a new, fast and fresh dining option with the opening of MAD Greens across from Gate 16. Serving up a variety of made-from-scratch salads, juices, wraps and paninis, this new restaurant’s colorful design in a palette of eggplant, celery green, and wood tones match its vibrant and healthy menu.
In addition to their signature salads, wraps and grain bowls, MAD Greens caters to the Austin appetite by featuring a variety of fresh made breakfast tacos.
Operated by airport concessionaire Paradies Lagardère, MAD Greens is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the east food court.
On Another Note
“A Place to Call Home” textile mural shows fabric of life
Artwork photos courtesy of Art In Public Places, Philip Rogers Photographer
“A Place to Call Home,” a new mural now on display at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport pre-airport security near Bag Carousel 1, showcases the stories of the immigrant experience in Austin, and their hopes for the future.
In creating the 12 feet x 6 feet mural, artist Rakhee Jain Desai hosted 20 workshops at her art studio in Austin where immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers helped create and illustrate their own visions of what they’re looking for in their newfound home. They each created illustrations that recall memories of their native countries, as well as their feelings about calling the City of Austin their new home.
The participants all worked on pieces of used cotton sheets that were brought in from numerous refugee centers and neighborhoods in Austin. The sheets were dyed using Batik, a centuries-old wax-resist dyeing technique.
Desai’s mission for this artwork was to be able to portray a vision of the home that all people are searching for – a home is not defined by where one was born, but where one sees their own future and knows that despite any or all obstacles, it can be achieved.
“A Place to Call Home” is a 2018 TEMPO program installation by the City of Austin Art in Public Places. To view a video on the mural being created, click on Desai's YouTube channel.
New Blue Garage Nears Completion
Blue Garage artist rendering, courtesy of PGAL
The new state-of-the-art 6,000 space Blue Garage is expected completed in the spring of 2019. Located in the old Lot A footprint, the Blue Garage is a short walk to the terminal, no shuttle required! The daily rate is $15.
Starting January 2019, the Economy Parking lots will get a facelift. One-by-one, the lots will be milled, repaved and restriped. Collectively, this project will last approximately 10 to 12 months. Additionally, new LED lighting fixtures will replace current lighting to be more energy efficient and longer lasting. New parking revenue control equipment will also be installed at the entrance to each lot making the operation more responsive to parking needs.