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Published on Thursday, June 20, 2019

Strategic Development Plan Effort Continues at the San Antonio International Airport

CONTACT: Rich Stinson, O: 210-207-1509
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Tonya Hope, O: 210-207-1515
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SAN ANTONIO (June 20, 2019) – City Council approved an amendment to the contract with WSP, an internationally known aviation planning firm, to continue the strategic development planning efforts with the San Antonio Aviation Department. The firm initiated the development of a comprehensive Master Plan for the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) last summer.


The first phase of the planning effort was focused on analyzing the capacity of the current airport site and surrounding area in the context of demand forecasts, to determine if the current location would satisfy the anticipated future needs of the region. Passenger forecast data and broad interaction with the community allowed the team to determine the airport’s needs for the future and determined the current location, with some adjustments, to be optimum.


The next step is Phase II, which will produce an Federal Aviation Administration-approved 20-year development plan for SAT, including a financing and phasing plan. This phase of the planning effort will also produce a high-level long-range plan to ensure the city retains flexibility to meet demand extending to 50-years. Stakeholder engagement in the Strategic Development Plan (SDP) aims to balance the future needs of the airport with the needs of the community.


“The SDP will serve as a blueprint for future development of SAT and the primary focus will be navigating the next 20 years, and at the same time examining the suitability of the airport site for expansion and growth for the next 50 years,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio.


WSP is supported by local firms Auxiliary Marketing Services for stakeholder engagement; Maestas & Associates for drainage; Poznecki-Camarillo Inc. for environmental and utilities; niche aviation firms Hirsh Associates for terminal planning; Unison Consulting for aviation forecasting; and EPS Economic & Planning Systems for economic impact studies. More than 30% of the team is comprised of small, minority, and women-owned businesses.


The SDP process complements the efforts of the Airport System Development Committee, a group of more than 20 San Antonio community and industry leaders appointed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg to assess the city’s air travel needs over the next 50 years.


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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

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