Global design firm Populous is to reimagine the passenger experience as part of planned expansions at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Populous will lead all components of experiential design development, interior design and visioning related to a passenger’s journey. The firm will work with infrastructure design specialist HNTB to carry out design updates and enhancements to the airport, which saw nearly two million passengers in June 2022 alone. Populous’ design is focused on the human travel experience and will reinvent and elevate a traveller’s journey, it said.

The expansion programme will include renovations to the airport’s existing Barbara Jordan Terminal, a new below-grade passenger tunnel and a new Midfield Concourse with space for up to 30 gates. The project will also build in flexibility for the future — plans beyond 2030 include a complete renovation and expansion of passenger facilities, such as a new passenger ticketing and processing hall.

Populous is currently working on the reimagining and expansion of Kansai International Airport in Japan.

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