With more than 50 percent complete, the renovation continues at San Antonio International Airport’s nearly 30-year old Terminal A. Renovations to the ticket lobby are making a significant impact to the area as new ticket counters and wall covering have been installed. The area, home to Southwest, AirTran, AeroMexico, Delta, US Airways, Interjet and Alaska Airlines has been brightened with the use of neutral and warm colors similar to those used in Terminal B. Work has already begun on the terrazzo floors which feature colorful ribbons throughout.
In August, the TSA checkpoint was temporarily relocated 60 feet into the lobby to allow for renovations to begin to the TSA area. This section is scheduled to be completed in November. Improvements to the TSA checkpoint include new flooring and wall treatments. When complete, an expanded and reconfigured queuing area will provide more efficient security processing for passengers. To accommodate the temporary configuration, Airport officials continue to recommend passengers arrive two hours in advance for flights before 7:30 a.m., and 90 minutes for flights after 7:30 a.m.
To date, 11 of Terminal A’s 17 gates have been completed and work on the remaining gates progresses with a major emphasis on minimizing interruptions to passengers and tenants. Work continues on the facility’s 12 restrooms, with nine completed thus far. Improvements to the restrooms include reconfiguring the area and maximizing space, hands-free technology and updated finishes and fixtures. The project will increase the number of family restrooms from three to six, and a nursing room is planned.
Major progress has also been made in the Terminal A baggage claim area including installation of terrazzo floors and wall coverings. New flight boards with visual paging have been installed and new way-finding signage is being installed.
One set of escalators is currently closed while workers replace it and the other two sets are scheduled to be replaced, while the eastern most elevators have already been replaced with the other set to be renovated in the next couple of months.
The Terminal A renovation is scheduled to be completed in early 2014. Funded as a City of San Antonio Enterprise Fund, no City funds or local tax dollars are being used to operate or pay for the project. The Terminal A Renovation Project is being funded through user fees, rent collected, airline rates and charges.