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Austin-Bergstrom Airport (AUS) is the only commercially served airport in Austin (You can fly into San Antonio, it is about a 90 minute drive to Austin). Most major airlines fly into Austin (American, Southwest, Continental, United, Delta, Frontier, US Airways). However there are not as many direct flights as larger American city; like Dallas and Houston but it seems that new non-stop destinations are consistently being added.
The airport itself is a neat place to get acquainted with Austin's style. It uses runways from the old Bergstrom Air Force Base. The terminal is practically brand new and is named after Barbara Jordan, an Austin educator who was the first black woman elected to the Texas Senate. There are no major chain restaurants (except Schlotzsky's which was founded and is headquartered in Austin); instead, the food courts are stocked with restaurants that represent Austin's quirkiness and culinary styles (Salt Lick BBQ, Amy's Ice Cream, Matt's El Rancho Tex Mex, etc.). The airport speaker system plays music from Austin or Texas musicians, and there is a bar in the center of the terminal that features live musicians in the evenings and on weekends. There is also an Austin City Limits store in the terminal, as well as other standard airport book/magazine stores that feature Austin souvenirs.
There is not much to see or do around the airport itself. The drive to downtown from the airport takes about 15-20 minutes, but could take 45-60 minutes during rush hour.