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Published on Friday, January 18, 2019

San Antonio International Airport Flying High With Announcement of more than 10 Million Passengers in 2018

CONTACT: Rich Stinson, O: 210-207-1509
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Tonya Hope, O: 210-207-1515
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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 18, 2019) – The official industry travel numbers have been released and San Antonio International Airport (SAT) reached an unprecedented milestone for an airport of its size. Ten million passengers traveled through the airport, making 2018 a record-breaking year for the second consecutive year.  A press conference with Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, and Aviation Director Russ Handy kicked off the celebration at the Plaza de Armas Gallery in downtown San Antonio.


Every month in 2018, passenger growth exceeded the record for the previous year setting a pace to reach the highest yearly passenger statistics in the history of the airport.  Most air carriers increased daily capacity, four additional flights were added to existing routes, and 15 flights were launched to brand new destinations in 2018.


“A lot of factors contributed to this amazing milestone: the economy, demand for domestic and international travel, hosting wonderful events like the NCAA Men’s Final Four and our great relationship with air carriers,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. 


This is the first time in the airport’s history to achieve 10 million with 10,044,411 passengers travelling through SAT. It was just one year ago – in 2017 – that the airport exceeded 9 million passengers for the first time.


In addition to domestic and international passenger growth, SAT surpassed goals for air cargo. Over two million pounds of cargo were moved in 2018, breaking a record held since 2010.


In San Antonio’s Tricentennial year, SAT celebrated the opening of a new state of the art Consolidated Rental Car Facility, the opening of the short term parking garage, a new gas station, launched a Strategic Development Plan, established live music and art gallery programs, and received numerous customer service accolades and awards. 


“In 2016, we were tasked to embark on an air service development plan that targeted 15% capacity growth in five years. We exceeded that goal in just two years. None of this could have been possible without the partnership between our community, airline partners and airport team all working together towards one goal,” said Brian Pratte, Chief Air Service Development Officer.


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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

Categories: City News, Aviation