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Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas

Overview:

After converting from a military installation to an international airport, civilian employment at the former base has tripled under the City of Austin’s management.

Bergstrom Today

Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) supports over 40,000 jobs, including more than 3,000 at the airport itself – three times the number of civilian jobs lost when the base closed. The airport contributes over $2.4 billion to the local economy.

Since 1999, ABIA has become a full service medium hub airport with a 756,701 square foot terminal and service to 57 non-stop destinations, including seven international destinations. In the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, ABIA provided service to 12,341,704 passengers, an increase of 6.7% from 2015.

Background

The 1991 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommended Bergstrom Air Force Base for closure. It was officially closed in September 1993, resulting in the loss of 927 civilian positions. The 1995 BRAC Commission then recommended the closure of Bergstrom Air Reserve Base. These closures turned out to be an opportunity for the Capital of Texas to meet its air travel needs well into the future.

In July 1992, the Austin City Council established the Bergstrom Conversion Task Force to plan for the reuse of approximately 850 acres required for a new airport. The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment provided technical and financial assistance to the City for two years, which supported the development of a reuse plan. The plan was completed in 1993. Other uses planned for the area included a business park, government and social services functions, and recreational facilities.

The base property--2,892 acres--reverted to the city of Austin in 1993. Adjacent to the city, the site was large enough to meet the region’s growing aviation needs. Runways and other facilities already existed, and the surrounding area was sparsely populated. In 1994, groundbreaking took place for the redevelopment and construction of the new Austin-Bergstrom International Airport which commenced air cargo operations in June 1997 and began handling passengers in May 1999.

Even though the City of Austin owns the facility, the airport is not supported by the City’s general fund. The people and businesses that use the airport pay the entire ongoing budget. Any revenue generated from the airport goes back into its own operations.

Updated October, 2017

Point of Contact

Ms. Jamy Kazanoff
Assistant Director at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
City of Austin Aviation Department
 

State:
TX
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