CarlosSi wrote:No to AUS-SAT/Central Texas International from me, as it is being conceived.Not to point fingers, but it's mostly supported by folks closer or in San Antonio who want more accessible direct flights since they lack compared to Austin, but that's understandable. Plus the distance is just too large between the two cities; about 90 miles between both city centers? Few if any Austinites would want to drive that far to fly when AUS is already convenient and doing well in terms of routes (it'd be an hour+ of a commute for me from the North!).
It's a growing region and if AUS gets too busy in the long-run (unlikely in our lifetimes, but possible since Austin is always lagging in terms of infrastructure), it may be good to relieve the airport with another airport.
Ok so when I first read the title my immediate thought was the San Marcos/Willie Nelson/Central Texas International Airport.
I've heard the same story about San Antonio making waves about it and Austin responding with a no thanks. The reality is that AUS Bergstrom is already developing into the primary Airport for the region. Much of San Antonio's population is on its north side which puts it about an hour's drive for most people. Very unscientific but I've run into many people who live in SA and prefer AUS for a lower fare or to avoid a layover.
For folks in Round Rock/Georgetown or really anywhere north of 9th street is that a drive to just San Marcos would be upwards of an hour.
Yes keeping infrastructure up with growth is a problem for the region (not just Austin) but AUS has plenty of room to expand. Their master plan calls for an additional satellite concourse to the south of the existing terminal. I do believe one thing holding the airport back from becoming a focus city/hub (outside of WN) is the current lack of gate space.
Meanwhile SAT is filled in on all sides with not much room for their proposed Terminal C.
The future will have AUS become the primary while SAT serves as a reliever.