San Antonio International Airport

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San Antonio International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of San Antonio
OperatorSan Antonio Aviation Department
ServesGreater San Antonio
LocationSan Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Elevation AMSL809 ft / 246 m
Coordinates29°31′36″N 098°28′19″W / 29.52667°N 98.47194°W / 29.52667; -98.47194Coordinates: 29°31′36″N 098°28′19″W / 29.52667°N 98.47194°W / 29.52667; -98.47194
Websitesanantonio.gov/SAT
Map
SAT is located in Texas
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Location
SAT is located in the United States
SAT
SAT
SAT (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 8,505 2,592 Concrete
13L/31R 5,519 1,682 Asphalt
13R/31L 8,502 2,591 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passengers10,044,411
Aircraft operations160,776

San Antonio International Airport (IATA: SAT, ICAO: KSAT, FAA LID: SAT) is an international airport in San Antonio, Texas. It is in Uptown Central San Antonio, about 8 miles north of Downtown. It has three runways and covers 2,305 acres (933 ha).[1] Its elevation is 809 feet (247 m) above sea level. SAT averages 260 daily departures and arrivals at its 24 gates, which serve 12 airlines flying non-stop to 53 destinations in the US and Mexico.[3]

History[edit]

San Antonio International Airport was founded in 1941 when the City of San Antonio purchased 1,200 acres (490 ha) of undeveloped land that was then 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.

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.

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 into the 21st century. This plan included major updates for the airport: more parking spaces in a 3,000 space parking garage to be completed by 2007, improved airport access and an improved concession program. Two new terminals were planned to replace Terminal 2, to increase the airports gate count to 35.[4]

San Antonio boarded over 3.5 million passenger in 1999. Since 1966, the airport has boarded more than 80 million people.

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, but suspended service to San Antonio in August 2010 when the airline went bankrupt and suspended operations.

On November 9, 2010, the original Terminal 2 closed, and Terminal B opened. Terminal 1 was then renamed Terminal A. The removal of fixtures in the old Terminal 2 began in January 2011. Final demolition of Terminal 2 was in May 2011.

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

The airport is undergoing a multimillion-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.

In June 2015, it was announced that the 3-story short-term parking garage, which was over 30 years old, would be closed and demolished in order to make way for a new 7-story parking garage and Consolidated Rental Car Center. Work began in early 2017 on the 1.8 million square feet facility, which was planned to house up to 14 rental car brands and short-term public parking. The public parking portion was completed in April 2017, and the rental car portion opened in January 2018.[5]

Future[edit]

The airport's master plan calls for another new terminal, Terminal C, to be constructed when it is needed; current estimates are that design work could begin in 2020. Preliminary plans for Terminal C call for five gates which could be expanded to 11 gates as passenger counts require. There are also long-range plans for a fourth terminal (Terminal D) which could have up to 20 gates, to be built as needed.

Facilities[edit]

Terminals[edit]

Typical Boarding area in Terminal A

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 (now Terminal A) opened in 1984 with a 16-gate concourse. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility is located in Terminal A.

Terminal A is the larger of the two concourses with 17 gates in total. All international carriers operate out of Terminal A. On June 18, 2014, a $35.6 million renovation was completed for this terminal, with the most visible improvements to passengers being new terrazzo floors, updated food courts, and new signage. On October 15, 2014, all gates in Terminal A were renumbered in sequential order.[6] Eight carriers operate from Terminal A, with 15 of the 17 gates in use.

Terminal B, which opened in November 2010, contains 8 gates. Corgan Associates, Inc. and 3D/International designed the new terminal.[7] American and Continental were the two original airlines at Terminal B. United, at the time located in Terminal A, moved into Terminal B on August 1, 2012 during the merger with Continental. A United Club is located between gates B3 and B5. The USO is located on the bottom level of Terminal B next to baggage claim.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Aeroméxico Connect Mexico City [8]
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma [9]
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford [10]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor [11]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles [11]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
[12]
Delta Connection Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City [12]
Frontier Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Ontario, Orlando, San Diego
Seasonal: Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Washington–Dulles
[13]
Interjet Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey [14]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa
Seasonal: Albuquerque, Cancún, New York–LaGuardia, Oakland
[15]
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland (OR) [16]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Cancún
[17]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles [17]
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Ameriflight Brownwood, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Del Rio, Midland, San Angelo
FedEx Express Fort Worth/Alliance, El Paso, Laredo, Memphis
Martinaire Brownwood, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Houston–Intercontinental, Laredo
UPS Airlines Chicago/Rockford, El Paso, Guadalajara, Houston–Intercontinental, Laredo, Louisville, McAllen, Miami, Monterrey

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from SAT
(August 2018 – July 2019)
[18]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 511,000 American
2 Atlanta, Georgia 463,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest
3 Dallas–Love, Texas 332,000 Southwest
4 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 329,000 United
5 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 291,000 American, Southwest
6 Denver, Colorado 278,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
7 Los Angeles, California 223,000 American , Delta, Southwest, United
8 Las Vegas, Nevada 214,000 Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest
9 Chicago–O’Hare, Illinois 210,000 American, United
10 Houston–Hobby, Texas 192,000 Southwest
Largest Airlines at SAT (July 2018 – June 2019)[18]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Southwest Airlines 3,854,000 40.42%
2 American Airlines 2,103,000 22.06%
3 United Airlines 1,050,000 11.01%
4 Delta Airlines 984,000 10.32%
5 Frontier Airlines 498,000 5.22%
6 Other 1,047,000 10.98%

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at San Antonio
2010–Present
[19]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 8,034,720
2011 8,171,824
2012 8,243,221
2013 8,252,330
2014 8,369,628
2015 8,507,459
2016 8,618,139
2017 9,063,542
2018 10,044,411
2019

Accidents and incidents[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. All 3 occupants were killed.
  • On August 1, 2012, a bomb threat was made at 2 p.m. 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • On July 2, 2014, A Beechcraft Bonanza A36 suffered a landing gear malfunction while on approach to the airport. The aircraft made many go-arounds and attempts to land on the runway with no gears. The pilot then notified the tower that the plane was running low on fuel and that the pilot was going to make the decision and land on the smaller runway 12L. The pilot then began to dump fuel to slow the aircraft down. The pilot then shut down the engine, shut off the propeller and landed on the runway with the aircraft's belly. Both passengers and the pilot made it out safely and without any injuries.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for SAT (Form 5010 PDF), effective October 29, 2015
  2. ^ "Financial Information & Statistics". City of San Antonio. June 2017. Archived from the original on September 20, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Calendar Year 2014 Passenger Boardings at Commercial Service Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Vision 2050 A Flight Plan for San Antonio's Future" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on April 25, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  5. ^ San Antonio International Airport Opens New Consolidated Rental Car Facility
  6. ^ "SAT". www.sanantonio.gov. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "New Terminal B Opens at San Antonio International Airport - Clark Construction". www.clarkconstruction.com. Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Flight Schedule". Archived from the original on April 6, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Flight timetable". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Archived from the original on February 24, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Frontier Airlines".
  14. ^ "Flight Schedule". Interjet. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "Check Flight Schedules". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  16. ^ "Route Map & Flight Schedule". Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Timetable". Archived from the original on January 28, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Transtats.bts.gov. Archived from the original on June 22, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  19. ^ "Airport Data - San Antonio International Airport". Archived from the original on July 15, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "San Antonio Airport Reopens After Bomb Threat". Airport International. August 2, 2012. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  21. ^ Ley, Ana (October 29, 2012). "Plane makes emergency landing in S.A." Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.

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