Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (IATA: AUS, ICAO: KAUS, FAA LID: AUS, formerly BSM) is a Class C international airport located in Austin, Texas – the capital of Texas, and serving the Greater Austin metropolitan area, the 34th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Located about 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Downtown Austin, it covers 4,242 acres (1,717 ha) and has two runways and three helipads. The airport is named after Captain John August Earl Bergstrom, an officer who served for the 19th Bombardment Group.
AUSTIN BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL HISTORY
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located on the old site of Bergstrom Air Force Base. Austin-Bergstrom replaced Austin’s Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, opening to the public on May 23, 1999.
The city began considering options for a new airport as early as 1971, when the Federal Aviation Administration proposed that Austin and San Antonio build a joint regional airport. That idea was rejected, as few Austinites supported driving half way to San Antonio to catch a flight. In the 1980s, neighborhoods around Mueller applied enough political pressure to force the city council to choose a site for a new airport from locations under consideration. In November 1987, voters approved a referendum designating a site near Manor. The city began acquiring the land and fighting lawsuits from the Sierra Club and others concerned about the Manor location. The plans to construct a new airport at the Manor location were abandoned in 1991 when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission selected Bergstrom AFB for closure, and gave the nod to the city for it to be used as a civilian airport.
AUSTIN BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (IATA: AUS, ICAO: KAUS, FAA LID: AUS, formerly BSM) is a Class C international airport located in Austin.
AUSTIN BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 542 ft.
Runway length available: 17R/35L 12248×150 ft. :: 17L/35R 9000×150 ft.