$11M Baggage Handling Contract to Help with Austin's Airport Staffing Shortages

April 14, 2023
AUS officials will ask the city council to approve a 2-year $10.98 million contract with Vanderlande Industries, Inc., for help with baggage handling improvements.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Airport says they need more help making sure travelers’ baggage gets where it’s going. This week Austin City Council could approve a nearly 11-million-dollar contract with a third party to help meet the need.

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has seen a significant increase in travelers over the last two years but its hiring is lagging behind. According to an airport spokesperson, about 30% of AUS jobs are currently vacant. A big hiring need is in baggage handling where only six of 18 full-time technician positions are filled.

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