Cosmopolitan, Culinary, Musical Guadalajara
Arboreal plazas with arching water streaming from fountains. Where European cuisines meet interior Mexican culinary culture. Art on a cosmopolitan scale, historic buildings and the heart of tequila country. Guadalajara has all this and more, and it’s an easy nonstop flight from Austin on Volaris. Book a visit to alluring Guadalajara now on www.volaris.com.
A vibrant city at the heart of Jalisco state, Guadalajara, Mexico is the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila. Tour a tequila farm and enjoy samples, visit museums rich in history and art, take a bike tour of the city or enjoy a local fiesta when you visit Guadalajara. With favorable weather year-round, Guadalajara is a perfect getaway for all ages. Take a break from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Guadalajara by visiting nearby Lake Chapala. At 50 miles long, it’s practically an inland sea. Chapala has miles of waterfront boardwalks, waterfalls that feed the lake, and thermal springs to enjoy. Don’t be surprised to bump into an American expatriate while enjoying a meal or a drink, about 1,000 Americans now call Chapala home.
Discover more about the Guadalajara experience at www.visitguadalajara.com .
Volaris recently celebrated its second anniversary of Austin-Guadalajara service in August 2018. The carrier offers a nonstop flight twice weekly – Mondays and Fridays. Book a flight now on www.volaris.com.
Surfs Up, Spectacular Shopping and Amusement in Orange County
The new Orange County nonstop flight on Frontier takes one to fun in the sun and surf, extravagant fashions and shopping, and the original Disneyland® Resort. Book a flight now at www.flyFrontier.com. Visit “Surf City, USA”, play on 42 miles of beach, or immerse in unforgettable wine tasting and dining cruises. Discover more of what Orange County has to offer at www.visittheoc.com.
Whale watching offers an even bigger time while in the O.C. The smell of salt water rushing past and the thrill of spotting whales makes for unforgettable memories. For a change of pace, take advantage of the numerous, luxury shopping options at South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island and more. Or, take a ride and enjoy the fun of nearby theme parks including Disneyland® and Knott’s Berry Farm.
Frontier Airlines offers nonstop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Orange County California’s John Wayne Airport three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Book flights at www.flyFrontier.com.
Berry Austin, Departure Lounge, & Robotic Coffee Service by Briggo keeps the Local Flavors Coming
From artisan chocolate and small batch wines to smoothies and the world’s first app-based, robotic barista in an airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport recently welcomed new, local food and drink establishments including Berry Austin, Departure Lounge and Briggo Coffee Haus.
Briggo, an Austin-based company, celebrated the grand opening of its “Connected Coffee” experience on July 17. Robotic Coffee Haus serves customizable gourmet espresso and iced coffee drinks, 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 their orders are ready, or from a touch-screen menu at the kiosk.
Departure Lounge is an upscale travel respite that offers small-batch boutique wines, artisan chocolates and cheeses, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, delicious desserts and organic coffees. Based in Austin’s West Lake Hills, Departure Lounge provides travel advisors who assist customers to design and reserve the ideal vacation, with special amenities and VIP upgrades through the Virtuoso luxury travel network.
Looking for a fresh or frozen treat, local favorite Berry Austin opened its airport location just this summer. 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.
All three – Briggo, Departure Lounge and Berry Austin - are located just across from Gate 8 (soon to be renumbered Gate 17 in October).
Changing our Numbers, Gate Renumbering Continues into October
New numbers for existing gates are appearing in the Barbara Jordan Terminal. The gate renumbering was necessitated by the addition of nine new gates as part of the terminal expansion currently underway.
The renumbering started with the original Gate 25, which became Gate 34, on Aug. 1 and has moved on to renumbering down to Gate 10 now being Gate 19.
Gate renumbering work will continue into October when Gates 1, 5-9 change to Gates 13, 14-18. See a rendering show original and new gate numbers at Austin Gate Renumbering Map.
On Another Note
Playing Around With a Tie Dye Piano
Even though construction has affected the airport stage, live music plays on even closer to travelers as the airport’s tie dye piano has relocated to the food court. Feeding travelers’ soul with music alongside dining options, piano performances are held Mondays – Fridays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Locations rotate between IVini’s near Gate 34 and the food court across from Gate 12 (soon to be renumbered Gate 21 in October).
The Baldwin Tie Dye Piano is unique and rare musical experience. It is one of eight ever made and Austin’s airport has the pleasure of presenting the piano courtesy of Gibson.
Enjoy the bright and beautiful colors in combination with the sweet sounds of this special piano when played by featured local artists. Check the list of performances at more airport live music venues at Music in the Air.
Austin Named Airport of the Year by Air Lines Pilots Association (ALPA)
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is honored to be recognized as the “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.
“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.”
Find the Car and Get Your Dry Cleaning Done with ABIA Park With Ease Services
Remember where the car is? Need a jump start or some laundry done? Services including assistance finding one’s vehicle, jump starting cars and tire inflation are provided by ABIA Park With Ease. Just call 512-530-3300. Valet parking customers may opt for dry cleaning and car washing services.
Convenient and nearest to the terminal, ABIA Park With Ease provides garage, economy and valet parking at Austin’s airport. For real-time parking availability24/7 call 512-530-3300. For parking rates and services visit abiaparking.com. Follow ABIA Parking on Twitter or Facebook.