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Minor flight delays possible at Austin airport on July 15 due to President Biden’s visit

By meerna Jul11,2024
Minor flight delays possible at Austin airport on July 15 due to President Biden’s visit

President Joe Biden will deliver a civil rights speech at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin on July 15. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials said they expect minor delays while the president is in the city.

What you need to know

For safety reasons, a ground hold and an apron freeze will be in effect for the president’s landing and departure from Austin. A ground hold, which is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, means that outbound flights will not be allowed to take off and inbound flights may be delayed for a period of time. An apron freeze, which is issued by the airport, means that no pedestrian, vehicle or aircraft traffic will be allowed on the aprons and in the concourse.

Travelers can expect minor delays during that time, an airport spokesman said. Biden’s speech is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. at the LBJ Library, although the White House did not respond to a question about what time the president is expected to land in Austin.

Authorities are also predicting disruptions to traffic to and from the airport on June 15, but road closures within the airport area are not expected.

“The president’s visit and travel plans could impact roads throughout the city,” airport officials said in an emailed statement. “We encourage travelers to monitor their flight status and traffic conditions before heading to the airport to ensure an on-time arrival.”

Austin city officials have not confirmed whether any streets will be blocked or traffic rerouted during the president’s visit.

More details

Biden’s speech will mark the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which was signed into law by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. The event will be broadcast live online and is closed to the public. The media will be allowed to attend.

“We are honored to have President Biden at the LBJ Library to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act,” said Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, in a press release. “It is fitting that he returns to the Library to celebrate this milestone as our 46th president, whose administration has committed to a ‘comprehensive approach to promoting racial equality for all.’”

After his speech, Biden is scheduled to travel to Las Vegas, where he will attend conferences organized by the NAACP and the Latino rights organization UnidosUS.

By meerna

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