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Austin airport kicks off construction of $164 million, 3-gate expansion

With passenger volumes expected to grow for the foreseeable future, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials on Wednesday kicked off construction for a $164 million expansion of the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

The project, the most costly and largest yet of the city-run airport’s “Journey with AUS” expansion program, will add more than 80,000 square feet of space on the western side of the terminal for three new gates, dining areas, a children’s play area, additional restrooms, nursing rooms, a meditation room and a new third-level mezzanine with a public outdoor balcony overlooking the concourse.

State and local officials marked the project as the first of many to transform Austin’s airport to better accommodate coming growth in the region. U.S. Census Bureau figures released in May show the city of Austin had broken into the country’s top ten cities by population, with Austin-area suburbs — Georgetown, Kyle and Leander — ranking among the fastest growing in the country.


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