San Antonio International Airport

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San Antonio International Airport
San Antonio International airport.JPG
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
SAT is located in Texas
SAT is located in the United States
SAT (the United States)
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 (2020)
Aircraft operations (2018)160,776
Total cargo (lbs.)264,724,416

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]


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.

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]



American Eagle Canadair CL-600-2C10 Regional Jet at SAT

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]


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, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor [11]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles [11]
Breeze Airways Fayetteville/Bentonville [12]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City [13]
Delta Connection Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City [13]
Frontier Airlines Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando [14]
JetBlue Boston, New York–JFK [15]
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, Colorado Springs
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Cancún, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul [17]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles [18]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles [18]
VivaAerobus León/Del Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey [19]
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City [20]


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


Passenger numbers[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at SAT airport. See source Wikidata query.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from SAT (September 2020 – August 2021)[21]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 404,000 American
2 Denver, Colorado 258,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia 243,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest
4 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 228,000 American, Southwest
5 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 167,000 United
6 Dallas–Love, Texas 163,000 Southwest
7 Charlotte, North Carolina 150,000 American
8 Las Vegas, Nevada 149,000 Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country
9 Houston–Hobby, Texas 121,000 Southwest
10 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 83,000 American, United
Largest Airlines at SAT (May 2020 – April 2021)[21]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Southwest Airlines 1,274,000 39.13%
2 American Airlines 930,000 28.56%
3 Delta Air Lines 281,000 8.62%
4 SkyWest Airlines 214,000 6.58%
5 United Airlines 212,000 6.51%
6 Other 345,000 10.59%

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 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.[22]
  • 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.
  • On November 15, 2019, a Cessna 525 Citation arriving from San Jose International Airport collided with a parked Cessna 560 Citation during taxi to a service center. No injuries were reported.[23]
  • On December 1, 2019, a Piper PA-24 Comanche en route to Boerne from Sugar Land crashed in a neighborhood while attempting an emergency landing at the airport. While there were no injuries on the ground, the 3 occupants of the aircraft were killed.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Form 5010 for SAT 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". Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "New Terminal B Opens at San Antonio International Airport - Clark Construction". 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. ^ Airlines, Alaska. "Flight timetable". Alaska Airlines. 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". Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  12. ^ "Breeze Airways: A New U.S. Airline Launching Today with Fares from $39 One-Way". May 21, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Frontier Airlines".
  15. ^ "JetBlue And American Reveal New Routes And Expanded Premium Products". Simple Flying. July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  16. ^ "Check Flight Schedules". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "Route Map & Flight Schedule". Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Timetable". Archived from the original on January 28, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "New Routes for you".
  20. ^ "These will be the flights that Volaris will operate during April". Transponder 1200 (in Spanish). April 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  21. ^ a b "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  22. ^ Ley, Ana (October 29, 2012). "Plane makes emergency landing in S.A." Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  23. ^ Huertas, Rebecca Salinas, Tiffany (November 16, 2019). "Private jet crashes into parked plane on runway at San Antonio airport". KSAT. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  24. ^ Cavazos, Fares Sabawi, Steven (December 2, 2019). "Three killed in plane crash near San Antonio International Airport". KSAT. Retrieved December 2, 2019.

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