The City of Austin Department of Aviation officially launched the newly renovated South Terminal at Austin Bergstrom airport in April 2017. Image courtesy of City of Austin.
The renovated South Terminal features a series of white canopies at its entrance. Image courtesy of City of Austin.
Austin Bergstrom Airport’s South Terminal was expanded to ease congestion at the airport’s main terminal, Barbara Jordan Terminal. Image courtesy of Jon Fingas.


The City of Austin officially launched the newly renovated South Terminal at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in April 2017, marking the completion of a $12m renovation project at the airport.

The newly opened terminal expands the annual passenger processing capacity of the airport, which handled more than 12 million passengers in 2015, by 500,000 passengers.

The South Terminal rehabilitation project was a public-private partnership between the City of Austin, Department of Aviation, and LoneStar Airport Holdings.

LoneStar will be responsible for financing, renovating, and operating the South Terminal and its supporting infrastructure for 30 years.

Location and access to ABIA’s South Terminal

The renovated terminal, located to the south of the airport control tower, is separate from the airport and accessible only from the south boundary of the airport campus.

The terminal cannot be accessed from inside the existing Barbara Jordan Terminal.

Design details of Austin Bergstrom airport’s new terminal

The terminal exterior features a series of sleek white canopies that connect it to the three aircraft parking positions. The canopies will be lit with changing colours at night providing a striking appearance to the remodelled terminal. The structures also protect passengers as they move between the terminal and the aircraft.

The terminal interior designs incorporate retro, yet stylish architecture and decor inspired from the mid-20th century. The colours and textures used in the design represent Texas Hill Country, providing a native experience for the passengers.

Features and facilities of the remodelled terminal

The South Terminal rehabilitation project completely renovated the terminal interiors, while retaining its external shape.

Designed for ultra-low-cost carriers, the terminal features three aircraft parking gates, which can accommodate up to 36 aircraft arrivals and departures a day. The terminal’s processing area is completely segregated from the concourse gates to enhance safety and security.

Covering an area of 30,000ft², the South Terminal building features a ticketing hall with eight check-in points, two TSA check points, a departures lounge, checked-baggage screening equipment, a large passenger hold room, and baggage claim area. It also features a passenger drop-off area for taxis and other vehicles and offers shuttle service to the main terminal.

The terminal offers charging stations and a concession area, which offers snacks and beverages, within the post-security departures lounge. Washrooms are available in the ticketing hall, the lounge and baggage claim areas. A complimentary wi-fi service is available throughout the terminal.

An outdoor patio area can be accessed from the departures lounge. In addition to multiple passenger seating options, the patio offers a pet relief area and a food truck currently operated by Stony’s Mobile Pizza Kitchen and Wholly Cow Burgers.

All areas within the terminal, including the outdoor patio and boarding ramps, are wheelchair-friendly, making them easily accessible for persons with reduced mobility (PRM).

"The terminal features three aircraft parking gates, which can accommodate up to 36 aircraft arrivals and departures a day."

Exclusive parking for South Terminal

Two parking options, with a total of 1,000 parking spaces, are available for passengers arriving at the South Terminal. A long-term parking facility is located close to the airport, while a short-term car park is located in front of the South Terminal.

Passengers who park in the long-term parking facility can take a shuttle bus to reach the terminal, while short-term parking can be used to drop or pick up passengers.

Contractors involved

Fentress Architects was the designer for the South Terminal’s rehabilitation project, while the construction contract was awarded to AECOM’s Hunt Construction Group.

A number of local sub-contractors were involved in construction activities, such as building demolition and fire suppression, while the project also provided opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged local business enterprises.