AOPA is urging the FAA to delay closing Austin, Texas’ Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. In a May 20 letter, the association asked the FAA to follow its own regulations and ensure that displaced general aviation aircraft will be fully accommodated at the new airport, Bergstrom International.
AOPA is also supporting an effort in the Texas legislature that would allow the state to buy Mueller and operate it as a reliever airport to Bergstrom.
Austin is closing the downtown airport and moving operations to the former Bergstrom Air Force Base outside of town. Mueller serves some 62,000 general aviation flight operations per year and is home base for some 280 GA aircraft.
Bergstrom cannot accommodate all of aircraft that will be displaced from Mueller, nor are there any airports in the Austin area that can.
May 20, 1999