ABIA http://kut.org en Cap Metro Mulls Airport Route for Phase Two of Urban Rail http://kut.org/post/cap-metro-mulls-airport-route-phase-two-urban-rail <p>Capital Metro voted Monday to move forward with recommendations from&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/project-connects-14-billion-proposal-austin-urban-rail" target="_blank">Project Connect</a>. The next steps are deciding who will govern its potential&nbsp;urban &nbsp;rail operations and where some of the funding will come from. The City of Austin and Capital Metro are both major players.</p><p>But while Project Connect moved a step forward, there was a push from the Cap Metro board to take a step back.</p><p>After dozens of public meetings and <a href="http://kut.org/post/urban-rail-supporter-wants-you-reject-austins-current-proposal" target="_blank">no shortage of criticism</a>, Project Connect arrived at a proposed route for its urban rail that would go from Riverside to Highland Mall. On Monday, Capital Metro Board Chair Mike Martinez asked for analysis on a whole new route, from Austin-Bergstrom International to UT.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155793692&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:21:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 10663 at http://kut.org Cap Metro Mulls Airport Route for Phase Two of Urban Rail PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport http://kut.org/post/photos-disaster-response-drill-austin-bergstrom-airport <p>Austin-Bergstrom International Airport held a full-scale disaster response&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">exercise on its airfield today, allowing first responders to practice their skills using an actual airplane.</span></p><p>The drill involved aircraft, firefighters, EMS responders, medical service vehicles and more. Several volunteers played the role of plane crash victims, complete with simulated injuries. Responders even tagged volunteers' bodies via a triage system, ranking them by the medical attention required.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:32:59 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10110 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Disaster Response Drill at Austin-Bergstrom Airport Austin Council Update: EMS Contract OK’d, Trails Kept Open 24 Hours, and an Airport Pet Hotel http://kut.org/post/austin-council-update-ems-contract-ok-d-trails-kept-open-24-hours-and-airport-pet-hotel <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin City Council members unanimously approved a <strong>rental registration program </strong>early this morning (Items 11, 12).</p><p>Council members were considering two different proposals. One would have required the owners of rental property in certain areas of the city to register. But the proposal the council approved will require rental properties with multiple health and safety violations to be registered &ndash; no matter where the properties are located in the city.</p><p>The program requires properties on the registration list to be periodically inspected. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:26:56 +0000 KUT Staff 8808 at http://kut.org Austin Council Update: EMS Contract OK’d, Trails Kept Open 24 Hours, and an Airport Pet Hotel Nonstop Flights to Europe Coming to Austin (Update) http://kut.org/post/nonstop-flights-europe-coming-austin-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin is getting regular, nonstop service to Europe.</p><p>British Airways announced today that it will begin offering transatlantic Boeing 787 flights five days a week, beginning March 2014. The company says it plans to offer daily flights later in the year.</p><p>You can read <a href="http://press.ba.com/?p=3260">more from British Airways</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:52:21 +0000 Mark Dewey 6492 at http://kut.org Nonstop Flights to Europe Coming to Austin (Update) 5 Ways Austin-Bergstrom Airport is Keeping Up with Growth http://kut.org/post/5-ways-austin-bergstrom-airport-keeping-growth <p></p><p>Austin’s airport has been cleared for takeoff.</p><p><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/airport">Austin Bergstrom&nbsp;International Airport</a>&nbsp;has been ranked among the country’s best since it opened in 1999. Housing only&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/shop-dine-relax">local shops and restaurants</a>, travelers from around the world can enjoy a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.saltlickbbq.com/">Salt Lick</a>&nbsp;BBQ sandwich or a&nbsp;<a href="http://rutamaya.net/">Ruta&nbsp;Maya</a>&nbsp;coffee, even if Austin is only an hour-long layover along their journey.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:17:09 +0000 Rachel Adams-Heard 8413 at http://kut.org 5 Ways Austin-Bergstrom Airport is Keeping Up with Growth That Low-Flying Plane Over Austin Was Just Doing Some Exercises http://kut.org/post/low-flying-plane-over-austin-was-just-doing-some-exercises <p>City officials have confirmed that a military training operation took place over Austin today.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A U.S. Navy&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_E-6">E-6</a>, similar to a commercial Boeing 707, flew over Austin during a touch-and-go drill, a common exercise in which a pilot lands and takes off again without stopping. The plane was from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:36:59 +0000 Andrew Weber 8285 at http://kut.org That Low-Flying Plane Over Austin Was Just Doing Some Exercises Mayor Ponders Privatizing Airport to Shoulder Cost of Urban Rail http://kut.org/post/mayor-ponders-privatizing-airport-shoulder-cost-urban-rail <p>Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell says he’s considering a plan to lease out the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to help pay for future urban rail projects.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.faa.gov/airports/airport_compliance/privatization/">list of airports that have successfully gone private</a> is a short one.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:08:14 +0000 Luke Quinton 7515 at http://kut.org Mayor Ponders Privatizing Airport to Shoulder Cost of Urban Rail Air Traffic Controller Furloughs Leading to Flight Delays http://kut.org/post/air-traffic-controller-furloughs-leading-flight-delays <p>Remember the Sequester?&nbsp;The across-the-board federal budget cuts?&nbsp;Get ready to start feeling the effects the next time you fly.&nbsp;Delays at the Austin airport could become noticeable as soon as Tuesday.</p><p>For air traffic controllers employed by the <a href="http://www.faa.gov">Federal Aviation Administratio</a><a href="http://www.faa.gov">n</a>, mandatory furloughs are in effect: a forced day off for every pay period.&nbsp;That means fewer controllers working airport control towers.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:23:11 +0000 Trey Shaar 7454 at http://kut.org Air Traffic Controller Furloughs Leading to Flight Delays Passenger Pre-Screening Program Begins at ABIA on Tuesday http://kut.org/post/passenger-pre-screening-program-begins-abia-tuesday <p>Some airline passengers at <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/airport">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport </a>will soon be able to move through security lines faster. The Transportation Security Administration's <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2">pre-screening program</a>&nbsp;starts Tuesday at ABIA.</p><p>Pre-check allows qualified, pre-screened passengers benefits, such as keeping their shoes and light jackets on when going through security.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:52:00 +0000 Laura Rice 6994 at http://kut.org Passenger Pre-Screening Program Begins at ABIA on Tuesday First Welcome to SXSW Visitors? Austin's Compost Fire Stench http://kut.org/post/first-welcome-sxsw-visitors-austins-compost-fire-stench <p>Austin Water is still working with the fire department to extinguish an ongoing compost fire at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Plant.</p><p>The fire started at the waste management facility <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/dillo-dirt-fire-it-smolders-smells-and-stifles-sales">more than two weeks ago</a>, on Monday, Feb. 25.&nbsp;While water utility officials have seen a reduction of smoke from the smoldering heaps&nbsp;–&nbsp;especially with help from a rainy weekend&nbsp;–&nbsp;the surrounding area still smells.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:47:53 +0000 Austin Feldman 6934 at http://kut.org First Welcome to SXSW Visitors? Austin's Compost Fire Stench Could Bergstrom Expressway Be Cure-All for Airport Congestion? http://kut.org/post/could-bergstrom-expressway-be-cure-all-airport-congestion <p>A new expressway between US Highway 183 and Ben White Boulevard could “eliminate” traffic between the two congested roadways.</p><p>But it’ll cost you.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) hopes to complete the <a href="http://www.bergstromexpressway.com">“Bergstrom Expressway”</a> by 2020 – complete with a six-lane toll road, quicker access to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and shared-use paths for walkers and cyclists. But before the transit agency puts work boots on the ground, they want your opinion.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:41:18 +0000 Andrew Weber 6854 at http://kut.org Could Bergstrom Expressway Be Cure-All for Airport Congestion? The Lead: ABIA and the Sequester, Spring Break, Warrant Roundup http://kut.org/post/lead-abia-and-sequester-spring-break-warrant-roundup <p>Good morning. The <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service says</a> a Red Flag Warning in effect until 8 p.m. today. The windy, dry conditions mean a high risk of fire in Central Texas. The Travis County Fire Marshal is asking everyone to be careful and to avoid doing things like mowing, welding and outdoor cooking.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: The nation is three days into those across-the-board federal budget cuts called the sequester.&nbsp; And the Secretary of Homeland Security says some of the nation’s bigger airports are already <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/napolitano-airport-lines-150-200-percent-sequester">seeing security-line waits up 150 to 200 percent</a> because of immediate cuts to overtime pay.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:57:26 +0000 KUT Staff 6826 at http://kut.org The Lead: ABIA and the Sequester, Spring Break, Warrant Roundup Sequester Cuts at ABIA Will Be Minimal http://kut.org/post/sequester-cuts-abia-will-be-minimal <p>The automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.</p><p>It would mean a change at <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/airport">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport</a>, but one that most of us may not notice.</p><p>ABIA could lose a federally employed air traffic controller at a time of night when there are generally no commercial flights, <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=71078">according to a list</a> the FAA released last week.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:12:03 +0000 Trey Shaar 6785 at http://kut.org Sequester Cuts at ABIA Will Be Minimal Faster Security Checks for Frequent Fliers Coming to ABIA http://kut.org/post/faster-security-checks-frequent-fliers-coming-abia <p>Some travelers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will soon be able to get through security faster.</p><p>A Transportation Safety Administration spokesman tells KUT&nbsp;News this morning that ABIA is being added to the <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2" target="_blank">TSA’s “Pre Check” Program</a>.</p><p>Pre Check allows frequent fliers who’ve <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2/tsa-pre%E2%9C%93%E2%84%A2-faqs" target="_blank">met certain requirements</a> to pass through a designated security check point where they may not have to take off their shoes, jackets and belts. They also may not have to remove laptops or liquids from carry-on items. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:15:00 +0000 Laura Rice 6687 at http://kut.org Faster Security Checks for Frequent Fliers Coming to ABIA PolitiFact: Austin Not the Biggest City Missing European Flights http://kut.org/post/politifact-austin-not-biggest-city-missing-european-flights <p>In this week’s Politifact: a fact check that started with a KUT News report.</p><p>Emily Donahue with KUT News spoke with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitFact Texas team. It all started with a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/pushing-nonstop-flights-europe"><u>KUT</u><u> News report</u></a> on Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s push for non-stop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Europe. We quoted Austin lawyer Pete Winstead, who said Austin is the biggest city in the country without a nonstop flight to a European capital. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 6657 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Austin Not the Biggest City Missing European Flights The Lead: Virgin Airlines Coming to Austin, 'No-Refusal' In Effect http://kut.org/post/lead-virgin-airlines-coming-austin-no-refusal-effect <p></p><p>Good morning. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a>&nbsp;says&nbsp;Austin faces a chance of strong thunderstorms this morning. The day should warm to a high near 70.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has a new tenant: <a href="http://www.virgin.com/gateways/virginairlines/">Virgin Airlines</a>, which will be operating non-stop flights to San Francisco. And Mayor Lee Leffingwell is among those welcoming the announcement.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:14:40 +0000 KUT Staff 6557 at http://kut.org The Lead: Virgin Airlines Coming to Austin, 'No-Refusal' In Effect East Coast Winter Storm 'Nemo' Cancels Austin Flights http://kut.org/post/east-coast-winter-storm-nemo-cancels-austin-flights <p>This is the kind of Nemo you don’t want to find.</p><p>Winter Storm Nemo, which the Weather Channel is calling a possible <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-nemo-20130206">“record setting blizzard”</a>, is just getting started on the Northeast coast. But it is already contributing to flight cancelations at <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/airport">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.</a></p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:07:48 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6516 at http://kut.org East Coast Winter Storm 'Nemo' Cancels Austin Flights Austin Airport Breaks Passenger Record in 2012 http://kut.org/post/austin-airport-breaks-passenger-record-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/airport">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport</a> saw more passengers last year than it ever has before. About 9.4 million people departed from or arrived to the airport in 2012. That was a four percent increase from 2011.</span></p><p>ABIA added more non-stop flights last year, including service to Washington D.C., Portland, and Philadelphia. And 200,000 people came through for the <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/formula-1-0">Formula One </a>race in November.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But officials say</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;they don’t expect to see the same gains in 2013.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:42:26 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6475 at http://kut.org Austin Airport Breaks Passenger Record in 2012 ABIA and AAA Hope These Travel Tips Make for Happy Holidays http://kut.org/post/abia-and-aaa-hope-these-travel-tips-make-happy-holidays <p>If you’re flying out of Austin for the holidays, be ready to arrive at the airport early and expect long lines.&nbsp; <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/holiday-hits-and-tap-dancing-st-nick-arrive-90-minutes-all-flights-austins-airport" target="_blank">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is advising travelers</a> to arrive 90 minutes before their departure time from today through Dec. 21.</p><p>Checkpoints open at 4 a.m. to give passengers on the earliest flights ample time to get check their bags and get through security. ABIA has also temporarily opened a fourth&nbsp;security checkpoint to handle the high volume of holiday travelers and reduce security wait times.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:15:52 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5952 at http://kut.org ABIA and AAA Hope These Travel Tips Make for Happy Holidays Austin-Bergstrom Reports 32nd Straight Month of Growth http://kut.org/post/austin-bergstrom-reports-32nd-straight-month-growth <p>Austin-Bergstrom&nbsp;International Airport had a record August, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/record-august-32-consecutive-months-passenger-growth-0">data released by the City of Austin over the weekend.&nbsp;</a></p><p>A total of 838,994 passengers traveled through&nbsp;ABIA&nbsp;in August, up six percent from the same time last year.&nbsp;(August is the last month for which the airport has full data.)</p><p>United Airlines and its regional carriers saw the most growth in August. They flew 47 percent more passengers than in August 2011.</p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:58:16 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5859 at http://kut.org Austin-Bergstrom Reports 32nd Straight Month of Growth