BA flight to Austin

Passenger numbers are booming at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Buoyed by its first-ever nonstop route to Europe via British Airways and the arrival of several new airlines, the Austin airport recorded its busiest month ever in March. Austin says 942,825 passengers used the airport during in March, a 7.5% increase over the same month in 2013. The March 2014 tally also topped the airport’s previous monthly record of 922,615 that was set in July 2013.

The launch of British Airways service was a milestone for the airport, with city and airport officials literally rolling out the red carpet for British Airways’ debut on 3rd March. BA’s direct flights to London Heathrow on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, gave Austin its first-ever regularly scheduled route to Europe.

The airport’s increase was boosted by the arrival of four new carriers and by strong visitor numbers for Austin’s popular South by Southwest festival held in March.

“It’s always an exciting time when you break a record,” airport spokesman Jason Zielinski says to the Austin American-Statesman. “It’s really reflective of the overall growth we are seeing in Austin as well as at the airport.”

It will be interesting to see what effect the added traffic has in the growth of Austin in the coming years.

In an interview with Today in the Sky, Willie commented that the sales on the new route are off to a good start.

“The advance bookings have been very impressive,” Walsh said.

Mr. Willie Walsh

Willie Walsh

“It helps with what’s going on in Austin at the moment,” Walsh conceded. “But you can’t get a seat on our flights this week, which is good. We’re really pleased.”

What was going on at the moment was the South by Southwest festival music and film festival which ran through to March 16.

So it is a case of so far so good…