Austin's airport smashes Thanksgiving travel records, sees second busiest day ever

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Photo credit Aaron E. Martinez / American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK

AUSTIN ( -- Austin's airport set new records for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, shaking off the travel woes of the pandemic and recording the second-busiest day ever at AUS.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport saw 284,198 people pass through its security checkpoints between Nov. 19 and Nov. 28. That's up from just 97,287 in 2020, and 247,694 in 2019.

While the Sunday after Thanksgiving is typically the busiest day of the period, this year the Sunday before was the second-busiest day ever at AUS, with 32,175 passengers going through the TSA checkpoints.

The busiest day ever at AUS was set earlier this year, on the Monday after the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at COTA, when more than 35,000 passengers went through the checkpoints.

While airport officials expect the Christmas travel season to exceed 2020 levels, daily traffic at AUS likely won't be as high as the Thanksgiving period.

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