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Published on Friday, September 28, 2018

San Antonio International Airport Continues to Soar: Passenger Growth the Highest in Over a Decade

CONTACT: Rich Stinson, O: 210-207-1509
C: 912- 433-2329,
Tonya Hope, O: 210-207-1515
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San Antonio (Sept. 28, 2018) – San Antonio International Airport (SAT) continued its trend of record breaking growth in August, with 881,896 passengers making their way through the airport. This astounding number represents nearly 17% or over 125,000 additional passengers, which is the largest monthly growth in nearly 16 years.


The unprecedented growth continued to boost calendar year-to-date totals by 10.4%. This is expected to climb with the 11 new flights that began during the month of August.


Domestically, traffic rose over 17% compared to August 2017, driven largely by capacity increases in many of the domestic carriers and new routes on American, Frontier, and Southwest.


The trend continues internationally with traffic increasing by over 17% with year-to-date totals up a remarkable 14%, or 278,142 passengers.


“This is our best period in more than a decade. Passenger totals for 2018 are approaching 10 million and the demand for air travel continues to increase,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio.


The continued growth at SAT reflects an ongoing trend of progress at the airport that has now stretched to more than two years of consecutive monthly growth and passenger records.  The airport team continues efforts to attain and retain air service, with multiple routes added in the past two years.



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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

Categories: City News, Aviation