The Austin City Council approved an $88 million settlement with LoneStar Airport Holdings, granting Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) the ability to move forward with its Airport Expansion and Development Program.
This settlement process will end the two current lawsuits between the city and LoneStar Airport Holdings, which operates the AUS South Terminal. LoneStar sued Austin after the city attempted to use eminent domain laws to breach their contract.
As part of the settlement, all business operations from the South Terminal will remain in place as LoneStar Airport Holdings and the Austin work together to transfer the management and operations of the facility to the city department of aviation later this year. The facility will remain operational under the department of aviation until the required removal to support new airfield infrastructure for the midfield concourse in 2025.
Near-term airport improvements through the AUS expansion program are currently underway, including the installation of a new checked luggage handling system, TSA checkpoint remodeling, and a 30,000 square foot concourse expansion.