Bergstrom 2020 (or thereabouts): The Master Plan

The ABIA Master Plan looks to the future.

Bergstrom 2020 (or thereabouts): The Master Plan

The ABIA Master Plan Update establishes three "planning levels" based on annual passenger volume, rather than by year, but even under the "low-growth" scenario, Bergstrom will have reached Level 2 -- 13.2 million annual passengers, the level at which we'll need a second terminal -- by 2020. The idea, the planners say, was to recommend a concept that could be built with minimal disruption to day-to-day operations, that could be expanded further over time, that balanced land uses around the 4,200-acre airport site, and that allowed for a second airport entrance.


Level 1 -- 11 million passengers.

Total cost estimate: $273 million from city, $259 million from other sources. Highlights include:

A. Add six gates to Barbara Jordan Terminal

B. Begin work on new taxiways

C. Add two levels to the parking garage; convert second level to rental car return

D. Build a two-lane flyover to westbound SH 71 (1); widen Cardinal Loop to four lanes (2)

E. Build a 24-acre north remote long-term lot (1) and an 18-acre employee parking lot (2)

F. Begin a new cargo area on the west side of the airport (along U.S. 183)


Level 2 -- 13.2 million passengers.

Total cost estimate: $921 million from city, $88 million from other sources. Highlights include:

G. A new south terminal with 11 gates

H. A new south entrance (1), garage (2), employee parking lot (3), etc., to go with the terminal, along with the associated roadways, and a road between the two terminals (4)

J. A consolidated rental car facility

K. Further work on new cargo areas (1); a new general-aviation area on the airport's east side (2)

L More new taxiways

A second airport hotel (location unknown, somewhere near new south entrance)


Level 3 -- 18.4 million passengers.

Total cost estimate: $323 million from city, $156 million from other sources. Highlights include:

M. Expand the south terminal, adding 10 more gates (not until this point does the plan recommend initiating inter-terminal flight connections)

N. Expand the parking facilities on both sides of the airport

O. Expand the cargo area

P. Build a new administrative complex for the Dept. of Aviation

R. Begin planning for a third runway

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