Robert Mueller Municipal Airport

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Robert Mueller Municipal Airport
Robert mueller airport sign.jpg
Former airport entrance
Airport type Public, Defunct
Operator City of Austin
Serves Greater Austin Area
Location Austin, Texas, U.S.
Elevation AMSL 632 ft / 193 m
Coordinates 30°18′00″N 097°42′00″W / 30.30000°N 97.70000°W / 30.30000; -97.70000Coordinates: 30°18′00″N 097°42′00″W / 30.30000°N 97.70000°W / 30.30000; -97.70000
AUS is located in Texas
Location within Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7,269 2,215
Statistics (1998)
Passengers 6,000,000+
Source: Passengers from The Daily Texan[1]

Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (/ˈmɪlər/ MILL-ər) served the Austin, Texas, United States, area until it was replaced by the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and later closed in 1999. Whether the aging Mueller should be relocated to Manor, Texas, was a perennial issue in Austin politics, until the closure of Bergstrom Air Force Base opened another possibility.[2]

Mueller Airport began passenger aircraft operations on October 14, 1930.[3]

The April 1957 OAG shows 33 weekday airline departures: 15 Braniff, 10 Trans-Texas and 8 Continental. No nonstops flew beyond San Antonio, San Angelo, Dallas and Houston. The first scheduled nonstop beyond Texas was a Braniff 727 to Washington Dulles in 1968; that flight lasted until 1980. It was the only nonstop out of the state until Braniff tried a Chicago nonstop in 1978.

In 1961, the "jet age" Mueller terminal & iconic control tower were dedicated in a ceremony attended by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and Austin Mayor Lester Palmer.[4]

The 711-acre area which once housed the airport sat vacant and unused for more than half a decade until the city finally approved a development plan. The new Mueller Community broke ground in 2007 and is expected to take at least ten years to be fully developed.

For a number of years, the Texas Army National Guard had facilities there.

It is the current location for Robert Rodriguez's production company, Troublemaker Studios.


  1. ^ "New airport prepares to take off More flights? Maybe. More traffic? Probably.". The Daily Texan. February 3, 1999. 
  2. ^ "Airport site stirs controversy". The Daily Texan. January 15, 1985. 
  3. ^ "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:Texas". April 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:Texas". April 12, 2014. 

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