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​​Airplane over flags at Austin Bergstrom airport​AUSTIN – New data show Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is doing more than just about any other U.S. airport when it comes to attracting international air carriers.

There were 14,800 international boardings at ABIA in 2012, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

That grew to 135,200 in 2016—an 814 percent growth rate that was second in the nation among airports with at least 10,000 boardings. 

The data only reflect nonstop commercial flights.

International routes are also among the fastest-growing at ABIA: Traffic on Condor’s Frankfurt flights is up 99 percent so far this year compared with last. 

Volaris, which flies to Guadalajara, Mexico, has seen its traffic climb 443 percent year-over-year.

The Terminal East project added about 55,000 sf and renovated 17,000 sf more; ABIA now can handle 400 international passengers an hour instead of 200 per hour previously.

What’s more, the Austin airport’s biggest transformation yet is nearing completion: a $350 million terminal expansion that will add nine gates that will be used for both domestic and international flights. 
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