Construction has started on the complete replacement of Carousel 1, the first of six bag claim carousels to be modernized at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as part of overall terminal improvement project. Modernizing, updates, and improvements for gate hold rooms have started.
Carousel 1 bag claim to double in size
Carousel 1 at the Austin airport was taken out of service on June 2 and a construction wall has been erected around the area. This starts the demolition stage of a carousel replacement project and to double the size of Carousel 1.
The old I-shaped carousel layout covered 135 linear feet and the new U-shaped carousel layout will cover 264 linear feet, doubling the footprint size and taking advantage of available space in the lower level baggage area.
Carousels 2-6 will be replaced and modernized individually retaining their same size and remaining in the same location. The bag claim updates are estimated to be completed in 2018. The Austin airport has eight total bag claim carousels including Customs. Carousel 7 was installed in 2015 and Carousel 8 in 2014 in Customs.
The JetBlue baggage office located against the western wall remains in its current location adjacent to the new construction wall. The list of airline bag carousel usage during the construction of Carousel 1 is below:
Bag Claim 1 – Closed for construction and replacement
Bag Claim 2 – United & JetBlue
Bag Claim 3 – American
Bag Claim 4 – Southwest
Bag Claim 5 – Open shared use
Bag Claim 6 – Alaska, Air Canada, Frontier, Sun Country and Virgin America
Bag Claim 7 – Delta
Bag Claim 8 – Inside Customs used by AeroMexico, British Airways, Condor and Volaris
Upgrades to passenger gate rooms begins
Between Gates 15-19, passengers will notice removed ceiling tiles in the gate passenger hold room areas in the Barbara Jordan Terminal. This is for modernization and to allow upgrades to for new lighting fixtures, sound and public address speakers, electrical and technology equipment along with fire sprinkler and safety improvements.
The majority of the renovation work to the hold room areas will take place at night after the last flight has departed or arrived and will not interrupt airline and passenger services.
Trusses, columns give terminal expansion depth
The addition of floor and roof trusses is visible as construction continues on the 9-gate expansion project on the eastside of the terminal. The trusses are being added to the columns giving height and depth to the skeletal frame.
More steel and concrete columns along with slab on grade continue to advance towards east. The expansion will eventually provide 88,359 square feet of new concourse space to the Barbara Jordan Terminal, an increase of 29 percent of new hold room, concession, restroom and circulation space.