Flights

Austin
8:33 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Austin Playing Catch Up in International Air Travel

A plane waits for passengers to load at ABIA.
Ihwa Cheng for KUT News

As metropolitan economies, like Austin, expand their global reach, international aviation plays a pivotal role—moving passengers from there to here.

But, for the most part, international travel coming into the United States, takes place in many of the same metropolitan gateways. Despite Austin's growing role in technology and other business industries, the city isn't playing a big role in international travel. One major challenge may be the competition provided by bigger Texas cities.

According to a report by The Brookings Institution, 17 areas account for almost three-quarters of all international travel either starting or ending in the U.S. Atop the list of gateway cities is Atlanta, which accounted for more than 6 million international travelers last year.

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Austin
9:17 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Photos: Space Shuttle Endeavor Buzzes Downtown Austin

Conrad Stoll

We asked, and you delivered: Several KUT listeners have emailed photos of the Space Shuttle Endeavor flight over Austin this morning. Above, take a look at photos from this historic occasion.

As KUT News wrote earlier this morning, after refueling in South Texas, the space shuttle will continue on its way towards Los Angeles where it will be placed on permanent display at the California Science Center.

Austin
6:34 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Excitement Over Austin Skies: Space Shuttle & NORAD Jets to Fly Over

The Space Shuttle Endeavor flew over Houston before heading towards Austin.
NASA

The Space Shuttle Endeavor will take a low flight over Downtown Austin this morning.

The shuttle is attached to the top of a 747, and the plane is scheduled to fly over the Texas Capitol building between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. From Austin, the shuttle will head to El Paso for refueling.

After refueling in South Texas, the space shuttle will continue on its way towards Los Angeles where it will be placed on permanent display at the California Science Center.

The Space Shuttle Endeavor was the final NASA space shuttle to be built. The shuttle was constructed as a replacement for the space shuttle Challenger.

Endeavor completed its last mission in June of 2011. It and three other shuttles are going to museums across the country after the retirement of the space shuttle program.

The space shuttle may not be the only unusual aircraft in Austin skies today.

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