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Mark Richardson is a multimedia journalist, editor and writer who has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for three decades. He is a nationally recognized editor and reporter who has covered government, politics and the environment. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he was recently awarded a Foundation for Investigative Journalism grant and has three Associated Press Managing Editors awards for excellence in reporting.
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New customs facility opens at ABIA
Passengers arriving on international flights will have a new experience at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. On Monday, a new state-of-the-art customs facility opened at ABIA with the usual ribbon cuttings and speeches. The facility doubles the airport’s capacity to process international arrivals from 200 passengers an hour to 400 an hour, with a maximum capacity of 600 arrivals. Its opening marks the completion of the lower level of the terminal addition project known as the Terminal East Infill. The upper level of the project will bring more TSA screening lanes for departing passengers and aims to improve passenger flow through the airport. Completion of the Terminal East Infill is scheduled for next summer. The number of international flights to ABIA has increased significantly in recent months. In addition to several direct flights to destinations in Mexico, British Airways now has nonstop daily service to London Heathrow Airport, and Air Canada will add nonstop flights from Toronto to Austin in May.
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