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!
Live Music 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, East Side Pies, Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches, and Hat Creek Burger Company 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
Image Courtesy Page Southerland Page
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/
From the Rockies to Lake Ontario, Nonstop Adventure in Canada
Escape the impending Texas heat and discover cooler temperatures and northern adventures in nonstop destinations across Canada! From the foothills of the Rockies to the shores of Lake Ontario, it’s easier than ever to head north and experience all that Calgary and Toronto have to offer.
As Canada’s fifth largest city, Calgary blends modern cosmopolitan arts and culture with small town western charm, all while being just a short drive away from stunning outdoor experiences.
In the summer, when temperatures have an average high of 76 degrees, Calgary truly lives up to its nickname, Cowtown, as thousands of visitors head to the city for the annual Calgary Stampede. “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” the Stampede is Canada’s largest rodeo complete with concerts, competitions and an epic evening stage show. This year, the 10-day event runs from July 5-14.
For those seeking a bit more of the great outdoors, Calgary is about an hour’s drive from the awe-inspiring Banff National Park and the majesty of the Bow River. In the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this incredible region offers alpine adventures with breath-taking vista amid snow-capped mountain and all sorts of summer activities including world-class fly fishing on the banks of the Bow River.
Seasonal nonstop service from Austin to YYC Calgary International Airport on WestJet Airlines begins May 2, 2019. For more information on WestJet's new route, visit www.westjet.com/ .
Across the country, on the shores of Lake Ontario, is Toronto, “Canada’s Downtown.” As Canada’s largest city, there’s always something to see or do!
The Toronto International Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the world, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring Toronto’s arts and culture scene, with all sorts of festivals taking place throughout the summer.
Beyond that is shopping in the iconic St. Lawrence Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame, catching a Blue Jays baseball game, and the Canadian National Exhibition in August – an 18-day massive celebration of all things Canada.
Air Canada offers twice-daily nonstop daily nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Travelers can learn more and search flights online at www.aircanada.com.
Celebrate Summer in Cincinnati
Music fans will want to book now to head to Cincinnati for this year’s Bunbury Music Festival,
May 31 through June 2, 2019. Nonstop flights on Allegiant Air, Delta and Frontier make it easier than ever to get to the show to experience this year’s all-star lineup of rock, pop and hip-hop. Every year the festival attracts more than 40,000 attendees to enjoy more than 100 performances at the city’s Sawyer Point Park.
This year the city is also celebrating the 150th anniversary season of the Cincinnati Reds, so there’s no better time to visit the Great American Ball Park on the shores of the Ohio River.
Austin 9-Gate Expansion Opens
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, in seeking to elevate the passenger experience, opened Phase I of the new 9-gate expansion. The expansion became operational on Barbara Jordan’s birthday, Feb. 21 with a Delta to Atlanta flight at 5:40 a.m.
The completion of Phase I of the expansion includes the opening and operation of the terminal addition, and the north facing jet bridges of Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
Phase II includes the removal of the temporary jet bridges used during construction that are each 720, 560, 440 and 300 feet each. Construction to remove the jet bridges has already started. Phase II also includes the opening of Gates 6, 8, 10 and 12, additional apron work and the completion of the concession and store locations.
Adding nine new gates to the terminal will increase the total number of gates to 34. This includes increasing international flight gates from two to six. The terminal expansion project is nearly 175,000 square feet
Burgers Abound at Two New Airport Establishments
Travelers at Austin-Bergstrom now have not one, but two, new restaurants to sit down and enjoy a fresh grilled specialty hamburger, complete with all the fixings.
Hut’s Hamburgers, an Austin classic hamburger joint has made its debut at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, with a spot across from Gate 14. Located near Checkpoint 1 as travelers entering the concourse, Hut’s is located in the former Saxon Pub location.
Hut’s Hamburgers started in 1939, has been drawing in locals and tourists with its great tasting burgers like the Fats Domino, with jalapeños, onions and spicy New Orleans seasonings. Other specialty burgers such as The Big Popper, The Alan Freed Burger, and Mr. Blue, with crumbles, dressing and Swiss cheese can meet travelers’ mouth-watering needs.
Now open near Gate 24, Haymaker brings the neighborhood sports bar feel to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A local Austin favorite originally located on Manor Road, Haymaker is known for delivering regionally-inspired, comfort crafted food.
The new airport location offers a similar menu to the original Haymaker, including their hallmark big and burly open-faced sandwiches on Texas toast and poutine topped with country brown gravy and melting Wisconsin cheese curds.
Hut’s is open daily from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. or until the last flight. Haymaker is open every day at
5 a.m. serving up a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m. or after last flight.
On Another Note
KUTX Brings Local Sounds to Airport
An exciting new music partnership for travelers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has started, featuring local sounds and musicians.
From the curbside to the concourse, the overhead music now playing throughout the Barbara Jordan Terminal is a live-streamed playlist of all Austin artists, hand-selected by local public radio station KUTX 98.9 FM.
“The minute travelers step off of the plane in Austin they will know that they’ve arrived in the Live Music Capital of the World,” said Michael Pennock, Music Coordinator for Austin-Bergstrom.
The stream will feature a wide variety of local music, from classic Texas swing, country, rock, pop and hip-hop, explained Pennock, with KUTX adding and updating the playlist on a regular basis.
“KUTX is thrilled to partner with our friends at Austin-Bergstrom to spread the gospel of Austin music,” said Matt Reilly, Program Director for KUTX. “Introducing the Austin Music Experience to a global audience will further strengthen this cultural and economic pillar of our city.”
For travelers who like what they hear when at Austin-Bergstrom, they can learn more about the artists at http://kutx.org/austin-music-experience/kutx-at-the-airport.
Jim Smith Named AXN Director of the Year
Congratulations to Jim Smith, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s Executive Director, on being named Director of the Year in the medium airports category by Airport Experience News (AXN). Smith was recognized not only for his 18 years of leadership at the Austin airport, but for his ability to develop and employ creative solutions, such as public-private partnerships, as passenger traffic in the Airport of Choice for Central Texas continues to grow at an average rate of 9.5%.
Smoking Area Moves
Airport smoking areas have moved to the ends of the upper and lower levels of the passenger pick up and drop off areas. Signs and painted markings on the ground are displayed to designate these areas located outside the airport terminal.
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
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
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
“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
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.
Guadalajara the Birthplace of Mariachi and Tequila
Enjoy the charming and youthful appeal of Guadalajara, Mexico by booking a nonstop flight on www.volaris.com. Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara is the birthplace of mariachi music and nearby Tequila, making it an authentically Mexican cultural destination.
A vibrant city at the heart of Jalisco state, Guadalajara is known as Mexico’s second city. Celebrate Mexican Independence Day and the International Mariachi Festival during the fall, or enjoy the best music, culture, and entertainment the city has to offer at the Ferias de Octubre.
Visit museums rich in history, swim with the dolphins, take a bike tour of the city, visit rare species at the Guadalajara Zoo or enjoy classic Mexican cuisine when you visit Guadalajara. With favorable weather year-round, Guadalajara is a perfect getaway for all ages.
Volaris offers a nonstop flight three times weekly between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Guadalajara (GDL).
Surfs Up, Spectacular Shopping and Amusement in Orange County
The new Orange County nonstop flight from Frontier is finally here. Book your flight at www.flyFrontier.com and travel to the place that holds the original title of “Surf City, USA.” Four-two miles of beach views is sure to give you the rip-roaring effect you have been waiting to experience. Immerse yourself in unforgettable wine tasting and dining cruises. Whether you are experiencing a dining cruise or enjoying a laidback meal with an ocean front view, Orange County has it all waiting for you.
Whale watching admiration is also something to take advantage of while in the O.C. You will not ever forget the smell of salt water rushing past your face and the overwhelming happiness nature will offer you. If the ocean ever becomes too much, take advantage of the unlimited shopping options from various malls or creating lasting happiness at the Disneyland Theme Park.
Local Flavors, Luxury and Robotic Coffee Arrive at the Airport
Throughout the summer, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has welcomed several new food and drink establishments, including the world’s first ever app-based, robotic barista to be installed in an airport!
Briggo, an Austin-based company, celebrated the grand opening of their “Connected Coffee” experience at a new location just across from Gate 8 on July 17. This robotic Coffee Haus serves customizable gourmet espresso and iced coffee drink, as well as hot chocolate or Chai tea. Patrons can order their drinks in advance via the Briggo mobile app and receive a text when they are ready, or directly from a touch-screen menu at the kiosk.
Joining Briggo in the terminal is Departure Lounge, an upscale travel respite that offers organic coffees, small-batch boutique wines, artisan chocolates and cheeses, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, and delicious desserts. Based out of Austin’s West Lake Hills neighborhood, Departure Lounge also provides travel advisors who help customers to design and reserve the ideal vacation, with special amenities and VIP upgrades through the Virtuoso luxury travel network.
For those looking for a fresh or frozen treat, local favorite Berry Austin has also recently opened inside the airport. Serving up fresh smoothies, shakes and frozen yogurt, plus 10 soft serve flavors with more than 50 topping choices, Berry Austin aims to provide a unique variety of healthy and delicious refreshment options to those passing through the terminal.
Gate Renumbering to Continue until October
The second phase of the gate number changes at the Austin airport has been completed as part of the 9-gate expansion project and increasing the number of gates from 25 to 34. New gate numbers are starting to appear in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
The renumbering includes changes to all the numbers at the gates, on the concourse, jet bridges, jet parking and on the directional/wayfinding signs in the airport.
Phase III will see Gates 10-15 change to 19-24 in September. Gate renumbering will continue to change until October when Gates 1, 5-9 change to Gates 13, 14-18.
On Another Note
Playing Around With a Tie Dye Piano
Traveling through an airport does not mean your music only comes from your headphones. While journeying through the Austin airport, feed your soul with live acoustic piano performances along with diners in the food court. Since the construction and renovation of Ray Benson’s Asleep at the Wheel Stage are underway, airport musical performances are even closer to visitors. Playing on a unique and very rare Baldwin Tie Dye Piano, these performances create a notable traveling experience.
The Tie Dye Piano is one of eight ever made and the Austin airport has the luxury of highlighting it to travelers and staff. Your mind will be mesmerized by the bright and beautiful colors in combination with the sweet riveting sounds of featured artists. Check here for a list of performances and find yourself lucky to be in the crowd. http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/images/Airport/shop_dine_art_music/music/music_schedule.pdf
Austin Named Airport of the Year by Air Lines Pilots Association
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is honored to be recognized as the 2017 “Airport of the Year” by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).
In their August 1, 2018 award announcement, ALPA said that Austin is being honored for “its continued collaboration in partnering with pilots on important safety and construction issues.”
According to ALPA, ALPA’s regional airport safety chairs and airport safety liaisons name nominees for the annual award.
“It’s truly an honor to receive this award from our users – the airline pilots –who recognize the hard work of the employees of the airport, airlines, tenants, FAA and TSA who labor 24/7 to maintain a safe environment at one of the fastest growing airports in the country,” said Scott Madole, Airport Operations Manager of Operations for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport when receiving the award at the safety forum.
“We value the cornerstone partnership we enjoy with the pilots of ALPA and we look forward to the continued strong collaboration in building an even better airport for the future of Central Texas.”
ABIA Parking Services
The most convenient and closes to the terminal, ABIA Parking provides covered garage, short and long-term parking at the Austin airport. ABIA Parking services include valet with dry cleaning and car washing services. Available 24/7 at 512-530-3300 you can call for real-time parking updates, on-site assistance such as finding your vehicle, giving you a jump-start or with tire inflation if needed.
Frankfurt, Germany "The Gateway to Europe
Enjoy old world charm or chic boutiques in Frankfurt, Germany. Book a flight now at www.condor.com.
A city of contrasts, Frankfurt is home to a modern skyline fitting of Europe’s financial hub as well as historic squares with half-timbered buildings and cobblestone streets. Frankfurt's neighborhoods offer distinct character and charm. Walk cobblestone streets and enjoy museums in Old Sachsenhausen, dine in cafes and shop boutiques in Ostend and Nordend, and tour the beautiful botanical garden in Palmergarten. Dine on traditional German food, such as the famous Frankfurter sausage, or indulge your sweet tooth with world renowned Frankfurter Kranz, a butter cream cake topped with caramel-covered brittle nuts, called Krokant.
Being a European transportation hub, both rail and air, known as "The Gateway to Europe," Frankfurt makes an excellent jumping off point for traveling anywhere on the continent.
Condor Airlines offers nonstop flights from Austin to Frankfurt on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through September 27, 2018. Book now, tickets are available now at www.condor.com.
Nonstop to Beach & Fun in Charleston, South Carolina
Explore Conde Nast Best City award winner Charleston, South Carolina where modern meets colonial charm by booking a nonstop flight from Austin on Frontier at www.flyfrontier.com. Voted the No. 1 American destination in the U.S. and Canada, Charleston offers beach vibes, fresh seafood, and horse-drawn carriage rides on cobblestone streets past pastel antebellum houses in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts.
Stroll along the famous Battery Park, known for southern mansions, cannons, oak trees, and incredible views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse. Play a few rounds of golf, take a ghost tour, enjoy Lowcountry cuisine, or just relax on the beach - Charleston is a fun get away for couples, families, and friends. See why with a virtual visit at www.charlestoncvb.com.
Southern food often reflects a tapestry of cultures, and the oldest city in South Carolina is known for Lowcountry cuisine. Influenced by French and West African culinary traditions and having access to an abundance of seafood, dishes such as Frogmore stew have become a Charleston classic. This mouthwatering one-pot dish featuring fresh shrimp, corn, potatoes and smoked sausage is best enjoyed outdoors on paper plates, newspaper-covered tables, with plenty of napkins, and a cold beverage.
More Local Flavor-Peached Tortilla, JuiceLand, Hippies & Hops
This summer brings the Peached Tortilla specializing in Southern/Asian comfort food, and JuiceLand featuring an array of fruit and vegetable beverages along with vegan cuisine to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Quench your thirst at Hippies & Hops, from Live Oak Brewing Company, offering local brews along with nationally recognized beer brands and wine by the glass. All three recently opened across from Second Bar + Kitchen in the newly renovated east food park at the Barbara Jordan Terminal.
The award winning Peached Tortilla has developed a devoted fan base with its Southern/Asian inspired dining options. Popular menu items from the local retro eatery include a rendition of chow fun (Southern Fun), Malaysian laksa, charred brussels and pork belly buns. From it's humble beginnings in 2010 as a food truck, The Peached Tortilla now makes its airport debut.
JuiceLand, where drinks come true, offers a variety of healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies, juices, cold-pressed bottled juice, juice shots, cleanses, and hot drinks. The JuiceLand concept began in Austin in 2001, but the restaurant as it is known today officially began in 2011. This Austin original also serves delicious plant-based and vegan grab & go meals, including salads, wraps and snacks.
Live Oak Brewing Company, known for their limited release seasonal and annual locally brewed beers, employs old-world brewing styles and has been an Austin favorite since 1997. Now featured at Hippies and Hops, enjoy your meal with a nationally recognized beer or wine by the glass.
On Another Note
Plastic Fantastic Art Using Recycled Water Bottles
A colorful luminescent welcoming work by Del Valle High School Students creates awareness of the airport’s efforts to divert waste and encourage others to make the world a better, cleaner, and more beautiful place with art. On display on top of Baggage Carousel 7 is a large art installation entitled “At Austin Texas,” created entirely out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) recycled materials. Every day ABIA collects 19,000 pounds of waste and diverts 6,000 pounds to compost and recycling, as well as donating unsold, packaged food to "Keep Austin Fed."
“At Austin Texas” was designed to draw attention to the traveler’s most common waste item - plastic water bottles. The artist is 10th grade Del Valle High School student, Norvaleigh Ledesma, who wants people to “feel welcomed to Austin and be able to take pictures in front of it and share with others.”
Did you know: Drink bottles containing liquids don’t get recycled, and can contaminate other recyclable materials. With “Pour it Out” receptacles at all Austin-Bergstrom checkpoints, passengers can easily empty liquids from bottles before placing them in nearby recycling bins or refilling at a hydration station once they are through security. This not only reduces landfill waste, it helps Austin’s airport reach its 2018 goal of diverting 29% of terminal waste from landfills and ultimately reaching Zero Waste. For more information, click on Pour it Out.