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No Temp Terminal at Austin Airport for F1 Race

Temp terminal estimated to cost $5.5 million

Friday, Jun 29, 2012  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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No Temp Terminal at Austin Airport for F1 Race

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The Austin City Council has nixed a proposal for a temporary terminal extension to handle flights for a Formula One race this fall.

Council members Thursday night rejected the $5.5 million plan for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Additional private flights are anticipated for the Nov. 18 race that marks the F1's return to the U.S. for the first time since 2007.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the modular space would have been used to handle international charter flights and immigration processing.

The City Council raised concerns about the return on the more than $5 million investment. City aviation officials say a typical charter flight would generate about $9,000 in landing fees and fuel purchases.

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