Austin airport officials, riding a three-year growth streak that has passenger traffic nearing 10 million a year, have hatched plans to expand the terminal, add restaurants, shops and hotels nearby, and more than double parking over the next generation.
Those last two are likely to be done under long-term leases with private companies, plans potentially in conflict with Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s push this year to lease all of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to a private company. Leffingwell said last week that a comprehensive airport lease deal, which he hoped would help fund construction of urban rail in and near downtown, is on hold indefinitely.
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