Parking is about to get a little more convenient at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The city council approved plans to add 2,000 parking spots near Highway 71 and the Hilton Thursday.
The asphalt lot will take up about 60 acres, and officials hope it will make up for a current parking shortfall. Other plans are in the works to add thousands more spaces to the airport in the next five years.
Parking fees made up a third of the airport's $96 million revenue last year.
New shops could also be coming to the airport.
City leaders have a plan to add retail to the west side. They say the idea is still a rough draft, and worry the shortage of parking at the airport could complicate their plans.
They say bus and bike access is nearly impossible, since the airport is about eight miles from downtown.
The idea for new retail first came up 2007, but was grounded by the recession.
The airport is also in line for a makeover. City leaders have commissioned Mikyoung Kim from Boston to create new artwork. Kim created art for the Chicago’s Children Hospital.
Kim will design a landscape scene for the new gates and baggage claim areas, which will be added to the east end of the terminal over the next few years.
The total price tag so far is $700,000. Meanwhile, Dallas-based artist Eric Eley will get $350,000 to make sculptures near the airport's cell phone lot.