By Calily Bien
AUSTIN (KXAN) — More flights are coming to Austin courtesy of low-cost Frontier Airlines.
On Tuesday, the company announced its doubling the number of nonstop flights from Austin to 16. The new routes will go to: Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, New Orleans, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, Ontario (California) and San Jose. Currently, Frontier has nonstop flights to eight cities from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
“Whether you fly our airline or another airline, we’re going to reduce the cost of flying out of Austin and to Austin and that’s good for the consumer,” said the airline’s marketing vice president Tyri Squyres.
This year, Frontier Airlines was ranked last in the Airline Quality Rating, which is compiled by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University. The Airline Quality Rating rates the airlines based on mishandled baggage, consumer complaints, on-time performance and involuntary denied boardings. The ranking looks at 12 airlines; Frontier came in at 12th place and Alaska Airlines came in at No. 1.
Just yesterday, Delta Air Lines announced it was adding new nonstop flights between Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport during South by Southwest in 2018. But those aren’t the only flights from Austin to Europe. Earlier this month, Norwegian Air Shuttle said it was bringing non-stop flights from ABIA to London’s Gatwick Airport starting in March of 2018.
New routes mean more passengers coming in and out of the airport. Several projects are underway to address increased passenger traffic. The airport is hoping construction minimally impacts the passenger experience.
Frances Latham lived in Austin for 40 and knows Austin-Bergstrom International Airport well. “It was very easy to around because there weren’t so many people here,” she said. Now she sees the large crowds and security lines and finds herself amazed at how the airport is growing.
Airport spokesperson Derick Hackett says things are going to look different at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the months ahead.
“You’re going to start seeing buildings grow… the additions of the terminal, the additions to the gas station, and to the convenient store, and [Austin-Bergstrom International Airport] retail. You’re going to see that start to expand,” Hackett said.
There will also be changes to parking. A 6,000-space parking garage is under construction. New parking lots have opened, easing any stress caused by the construction. Also, the new South Terminal has its own parking lot.
Hackett says knowing these changes, a doing a little research on what to expect before you show up to the airport, will make the experience much better.
“[We] rather have you happy, on time, and early at your gate than being stressed out,” he said.