Apr 12, 2024 - News

Eclipse travelers break airport records

A photo of passengers waiting in seats with green and blue lights on the ceiling above them.

Travelers wait for their flights in Austin. Photo: Courtesy of COA/Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

The total solar eclipse fueled what's likely to be one of the busiest days ever at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Why it matters: It's the airport's latest test as passenger numbers continue to break records in our growing city.

Driving the news: More than 38,000 passengers were projected to fly out yesterday, according to airport officials.

  • The airport's busiest day ever was in October — the Monday after Formula One — with more than 43,000 passengers.

Catch up quick: Airport officials warned of longer-than-usual wait times this week as eclipse travelers head back home. Officials urged domestic passengers to arrive at least two and a half hours early.

  • Posts and videos on social media showed lines weaving outside and heavy traffic yesterday.
  • The airport also saw a high number of passengers in line for ticket counters on Tuesday and Wednesday following both the eclipse and weather delays, officials said in a statement Thursday.

What they're saying: Thursday's passenger departures are likely to land among the airport's top 10 most crowded days, a spokesperson tells Axios.

What we're watching: How the busy week and severe weather will impact on-time departures, which have improved since Southwest Airlines' meltdown in 2022.

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