San Antonio International Airport

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San Antonio International Airport
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SAT is located in Texas
Location of San Antonio International Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of San Antonio
Operator San Antonio Aviation Department
Serves San Antonio–New Braunfels
Location San Antonio, Texas, US
Hub for Xtra Airways Non Air Carrier – Charter Operations
Elevation AMSL 809 ft / 246 m
Coordinates 29°31′36″N 098°28′19″W / 29.52667°N 98.47194°W / 29.52667; -98.47194
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 8,505 2,592 Concrete
12L/30R 5,519 1,682 Asphalt
12R/30L 8,502 2,591 Concrete
Statistics (2006, 2010)
Aircraft operations (2006) 218,314
Based aircraft (2006) 257
Passengers (2012) 8,243,221

San Antonio International Airport (IATA: SATICAO: KSATFAA LID: SAT) is a international airport located in San Antonio, Texas, US and serving the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area. The airport is located in Uptown San Antonio, about 8 miles north of Downtown San Antonio. The airport has three runways and covers 2,600 acres (1,100 ha). Its elevation is 809 feet (247 m) above sea level. SAT is a Class C airport.


In 2013, airport passenger traffic was up 0.11% over 2012 to 8,252,330 passengers. Total domestic traffic fell by 0.52% (7,780,883) while International passenger traffic increased by 11.8% (471,477 passengers) over 2012.

SAT averages 260 daily departures and arrivals at its 25 gates, which serve 10 airlines flying non-stop to 33 airports, including Mexico City. The airport's top-ranked destinations are Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

From February to September 2006, the airport was a "focus city" for United Airlines (the airline called it a "hublet") with flights to 12 cities in conjunction with their partner Trans States Airlines. Trans States Airlines redeployed their aircraft elsewhere, eliminating service to seven cities. Mexicana celebrated 50 years serving the airport in September 2007, only to suspend service to San Antonio in August 2010 when the airline went bankrupt and suspended operations.

Between 2011 and 2013, SAT experienced tremendous growth in international passengers and routes. In November 2011, VivaAerobus added service to Monterrey. In December 2011, Interjet added two new international routes to Mexico City and Toluca. In May 2012, AirTran Airways added flights to Mexico City and Cancun, with Southwest Airlines taking over both routes in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In December 2012, Interjet added a route to Monterrey. [2] In December 2013, Volaris entered the market and added service to Guadalajara. Interjet also added service to Guadalajara. With 6 destinations in Mexico with over 50 weekly flights, SAT is ranked among the nation's top ten gateways to Mexico in terms of seat capacity. [3]

In 2013, the SAT Customs and Border Protection became a Global Entry enrollment center.

The Airport is undergoing a major, multi-million dollar expansion project which will add new terminals and parking facilities. The master plan for the project will increase gate capacity to 35. In addition, construction projects involving Interstate 410 and U.S. Highway 281 have improved access to the airport. (The airport sits near the northeast corner of the I-410/US 281 intersection.) Future plans also call for Stinson Municipal Airport, currently serving general aviation, to become the city's secondary commercial airport.

Airport officials produce a 30-minute news program about once every quarter. "Airport Airwaves" airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. on the Government-access television (GATV) cable TV channel.

The longest flight (by flight time and distance) from San Antonio International Airport is to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, a distance of 1,776 miles (2,858 km), with an average duration of 4 hours 7 minutes. This flight is served by Alaska Airlines, Boeing 737-800.

The shortest flight from San Antonio International Airport is to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a distance of 191 miles (307 km), with an average duration of 50 minutes. The flight is served by United Airlines, Boeing 737, and Airbus A320, United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Embraer RJ145, and by SkyWest Airlines, Bombardier CRJ-700.


San Antonio International Airport was founded in 1941 when the City of San Antonio purchased 1,200 acres (490 ha) of undeveloped land that, at the time, were north of the city limits (now part of the city's Uptown District) for a project to be called "San Antonio Municipal Airport." World War II Wartime needs meant the unfinished airport was pressed into federal government service. The airport opened in July 1942 as Alamo Field and was used by the United States Army Air Forces as a training base.

The 77th Reconnaissance Group, equipped with various aircraft (P-39, P-40, A-20, B-25, O-47, O-52, and L-5) trained reconnaissance personnel who later served overseas. One squadron (113th) flew antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico.

At the end of the war the airfield was no longer needed by the military and was turned over to the City of San Antonio for civil use.

The former Terminal 2 was built in 1951–53, along with the FAA control tower and a baggage claim area. For HemisFair '68, a new satellite concourse was built, containing eight jet bridge gates and passenger waiting areas.

Airport diagram for March 1962

In 1975 the city adopted its first Airport Master Plan with plans for a new 1,300 space parking garage and a new 360,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) Terminal (formerly called Terminal 1, now called Terminal A). Once the new terminal was completed in 1984 it brought the airport's capacity up from eight gates to 27 gates. In 1986 a new 221-foot (67 m) FAA Air Traffic Control Tower was built at a new location.

In 1994 a second Airport Master Plan was developed that would take the airport well into the 21st century. This master plan included major updates for the airport. It called for more parking spaces made available through a new 3,000 space parking garage that would be completed by 2007. In addition it had plans for improved airport access, as well as an improved concession program. Two new terminals were planned to replace the aging Terminal 2, to increase the airports gate-capacity to 35.

November 9, 2010 saw the closure of the original Terminal 2, and the opening of the new Terminal B. Terminal 1 was then renamed Terminal A. The removal of fixtures in the old Terminal 2 began in January 2011. The final structural demolition of Terminal 2 took place in May 2011.

San Antonio closed the end of the 20th century with over 3.5 million passenger boardings in 1999. Since 1966, the airport has boarded more than 80 million people.

On August 1, 2012 both terminals of the airport were evacuated due to a bomb threat called from the parking garage. After a search yielded no explosives, the airport reopened.


Terminal A

San Antonio International Airport is owned by the City of San Antonio and operated by the San Antonio Aviation Department. The aviation director is briefed on a regular basis by Airport Advisory Committee members. These consist of neighboring communities, pilots, business community, local neighborhoods, taxicab industry and travel and tourism. This information is then relayed by the Aviation Director to the city council. Frank Miller was Aviation Director from 2009 to 2011.

Terminals, airlines and destinations[edit]

Main ticketing area.

San Antonio International Airport has two terminals with an overall 24 jet bridge gates. The original one-level terminal (formerly Terminal 2) opened in 1953 with ground-loading holding areas and was expanded twice, once in 1959 with new east and west wings and again in 1968 with an eight-gate satellite concourse, which was built to handle visitors to HemisFair '68. Terminal 2 closed on November 9, 2010 as the new Terminal B opened, and Terminal 2 began to be demolished in March 2011, with completion in January 2012. A second terminal (formerly Terminal 1, now Terminal A) opened in 1984 with a 16-gate (Gates A1-A16) concourse. The U.S. Customs Federal Inspection Station (FIS) is located in Terminal A. Gates A1-A2 and A10-A11 have direct access to the FIS. Terminal A will soon begin going through an updating and modernization project.

Terminal A[edit]

Terminal A (previously Terminal 1) is the larger of the two concourses with 17 gates in total. The majority of Airlines servicing the Airport fly out of this Terminal. Along with Domestic carriers, all International carriers operate out of Terminal A. On June 18, 2014 a 35.6 million dollar renovation was completed on the Terminal. The most visible improvements to passengers being new terrazzo floors, updated food courts, and new signage. Effective October 15, 2014 all gates in Terminal A were renamed in sequential order.[4] Currently 8 Carriers operate out of Terminal A, with 15 of the 17 gates being utilized.

  • Aeromexico uses Gates A7, A8.
  • Alaska Airlines uses Gate A5.
  • Delta Airlines uses Gates A2, A3, and A4.
  • Interjet uses Gate A6.
  • Southwest Airlines uses Gates A9, A10, A11, A12, A13 and A14.
  • US Airways uses Gate A15 and A17.
  • Volaris Airlines uses Gate A6.
Typical Boarding area in Terminal A

Terminal B[edit]

On November 9, 2010, San Antonio International Airport announced the opening of the brand new Terminal B, which contains 8 gates, (B1-B8). Corgan Associates, Inc. and 3D/International designed the new terminal.[5] American Airlines and Continental Airlines were the two original operators when the Terminal first opened. United Airlines at the time was located in Terminal A. Once the merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines was completed, the new United consolidated all operations into Terminal B.(As of August 1, 2012) The Terminal is also home to a United Club located between gates B3 and B5. American Airlines and United Airlines along with their regional affiliates are the only tenants of the Terminal. Currently all gates in Terminal B are utilized. The Airports USO is located on the bottom level of Terminal B next to baggage claim.

  • American Airlines uses Gates B2, B3 and B4.
  • United Airlines uses Gates B1, B3, B5, B7 and B8.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal-Concourse
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City, Monterrey A
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago-O'Hare (begins March 29, 2015), Miami (begins March 5, 2015) B
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Los Angeles B
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City
Delta Connection Detroit, Los Angeles (begins April 7, 2015), Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Orlando
Interjet Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Toluca/Mexico City A
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Denver, El Paso, Houston-Hobby, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa
Seasonal: Cancún (begins April 8, 2015)
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare (begins February 12, 2015), Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Cancún, Los Angeles
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles B
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia A
US Airways Express Charlotte, Phoenix A
VivaAerobus Monterrey A
Volaris Guadalajara A


Top Ten Busiest domestic routes Out of SAT
(October 2013 – September 2014)[6]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 593,000 American
2 Atlanta, GA 453,000 Delta, Southwest
3 Dallas (Love Field), TX 331,000 Southwest
4 Houston (Intercontinental), TX 291,000 United
5 Phoenix, AZ 207,000 Southwest, US Airways
6 Denver, CO 168,000 Southwest, United
7 Las Vegas, NV 154,000 Southwest
8 Houston (Hobby), TX 142,000 Southwest
9 Chicago, IL (O'Hare) 133,000 American, United
10 Los Angeles, CA 125,000 Southwest, United
Busiest international routes from San Antonio
(July 2013 – June 2014)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Mexico City, Mexico 311,010 Aeroméxico Connect, AirTran, Interjet
2 Monterrey, Mexico 52,049 Aeroméxico Connect, Interjet
3 Cancún, Mexico 32,790 AirTran, United
4 Toluca 29,442 Interjet
5 Guadalajara, Mexico 25,206 Interjet, Volaris
Carrier shares for October 2013 – September 2014[8]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)

Cargo operations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Del Rio
DHL Saltillo
FedEx Express Fort Worth-Alliance, Memphis, Laredo, El Paso
Martinaire Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Houston-Intercontinental, Laredo
UPS Airlines Chicago-Rockford, El Paso, Guadalajara, McAllen, Houston-Intercontinental, Laredo, Louisville, Monterrey
Central Air Southwest Austin-Bergstrom

Ground transportation[edit]

A two-level parking garage immediately across from Terminal A opened in 1982, and the five-level parking garage opened in 1999. An expansion of the five-level parking garage was completed in mid-2008.

Public transportation to and from the airport is provided by VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority's Route 5 bus.[9]


An expansion program began in 2006 to add additional parking, two new terminals, and roadway improvements. The plan calls for the recently renovated Terminal 2 to be razed and replaced by the new terminal. Terminal 1 would then renamed Terminal A, to correspond with Terminal B. Another new terminal, Terminal C, will then be constructed when it is needed. The new Master Plan estimates the design process could begin in 2020. Initial designs for Terminal C called for five gates which could subsequently be expanded to 11 gates as passenger counts require. When Terminal C is completed, it would bring San Antonio's total number of jet-bridge gates to 28. This number will eventually increase to 35 gates as Terminal C is expanded. There are preliminary plans for Terminal D, which could have up to 20 gates, to be built as needed.

On November 9, 2010, Terminal 2 closed, and the new Terminal B was opened. Terminal 1, in turn, assumed the name Terminal A.

The bi-level roadway in front of Terminal 1 (Terminal A) was opened to traffic November 2009 and extended to provide service to the new terminals. A 1,100,000-square-foot (100,000 m2) 3,000-space expansion to the existing five-level long-term parking garage was completed in mid-2008. Various ancillary utility projects and upgrades are also being performed as part of this program. To see a map of the construction click here.

Other operations[edit]

The building on the north side of the field previously owned by Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. followed by Emivest Aerospace Corp. is now owned and operated by Acer Tech. "M7, located at the San Antonio International Airport, manufactures aerospace components."[10] Previously the airport housed Fairchild Dornier U.S. manufacturing facilities.[11]

San Antonio also serves as a hub for Xtra Airways, formerly Casino Express. Based out of their newly relocated headquarters in Boise, Idaho, they offer charter service to any destination within the United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America. As of 2012, they had a Boeing 737-400 stationed at SAT.[12]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On January 31, 1967, a Saturn Airways DC-6 was operating on a cargo flight to Kelly AFB. The crew decided to divert to San Antonio International Airport and commenced the approach. The airplane descended 1,100 feet (340 m) below the glide slope, flew through trees and collided with a cliff.
  • On August 1, 2012, a bomb threat was made at 14:00 local time that resulted in one cancellation, three diverted flights and 28 delays. Nearly 2,000 passengers and staff personnel were evacuated onto the runway and into nearby high school buildings.[13]
  • On October 29, 2012, Interjet Flight 2953, scheduled to Mexico City International Airport, made an emergency landing at San Antonio after suffering engine sputtering problems that was caused by a bird strike. No injuries or fatalities were reported .[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for SAT (Form 5010 PDF), effective December 20, 2007
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  5. ^ New Terminal B San Antonio International Airport
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  7. ^ "U.S. International Air Passenger and Freight Statistics Report". 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "Bus Schedules". VIA Metropolitan Transit. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Contact Us." M7 Aerospace. Retrieved on February 12, 2011. "M7 Aerospace LP [...] 10823 NE Entrance Road San Antonio, Texas, USA 78216."
  11. ^ "Contact Fairchild Dornier." Fairchild Dornier. April 18, 2003. Retrieved on February 12, 2011. "Manufacturing Facilities (U.S.A.) Fairchild Dornier Corp. & Fairchild Aircraft Services 10823 N.E. Entrance Road San Antonio, TX 78216."
  12. ^ "Xrta Airways". RLCA10. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ "San Antonio Airport Reopens After Bomb Threat". Airport International. August 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ Ley, Ana (October 29, 2012). "Plane makes emergency landing in S.A.". Retrieved October 29, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 29°31′37″N 98°28′19″W / 29.527°N 98.472°W / 29.527; -98.472