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Flying out of AUS? Get there early – or else

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 by Tai Moses

Got Memorial Day weekend travel plans? If you’ve heard rumors of the record-breaking security screening lines at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, we’re here to tell you the rumors are true. You should take to heart officials’ pleas to get to the airport early, as AUS expects the coming weekend to be the “busiest Memorial Day travel time in the airport’s history,” according to a news release. While summer is always a hectic travel time, Austinites have kicked off the summer travel season earlier than in previous years, officials say, underlining the urgency with the fact that “An estimated 22 million passengers will fly out of AUS this year, making 2022 a record-breaking year.” Assistant City Manager Gina Fiandaca notes, “New businesses moving to Austin and recovering business travel, as well as a renewed desire for families and communities to connect, continues to drive strong demand for air travel at our airport.” So get to AUS at least 2.5 hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights, and keep in mind the slogan of seasoned travelers everywhere: “Plan ahead, arrive early and pack your patience.”

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