San Antonio International Airport


San Antonio International Airport

Infobox Airport
name = San Antonio International Airport
nativename =



IATA = SAT
ICAO = KSAT
FAA = SAT
type = Public
owner =
operator = City of San Antonio Aviation Department
city-served =
location = San Antonio, Texas
elevation-f = 809
elevation-m = 246
coordinates = Coord|29|32|01|N|098|28|11|W|type:airport
website =
r1-number = 3/21
r1-length-f = 7,505
r1-length-m = 2,288
r1-surface = Concrete
r2-number = 12L/30R
r2-length-f = 5,519
r2-length-m = 1,682
r2-surface = Asphalt
r3-number = 12R/30L
r3-length-f = 8,502
r3-length-m = 2,591
r3-surface = Concrete
stat-year = 2006
stat1-header = Aircraft operations
stat1-data = 218,314
stat2-header = Based aircraft
stat2-data = 257
footnotes = Source: Federal Aviation AdministrationFAA-airport|ID=SAT|use=PU|own=PU|site=24709.*A, effective 2007-12-20]

San Antonio International Airport airport codes|SAT|KSAT|SAT is a commercial airport in San Antonio, Texas. The airport has three runways, covers convert|2600|acre|km2, and its elevation is convert|809|ft|m|0 above sea level. SAT is a Class C airport.

Overview

In 2006, San Antonio International Airport handled 8,031,405 passengers, up 8 percent from 2005 and breaking the previous record of 7,437,290 set in 2005. SAT averages 280 daily departures and arrivals at its 27 gates, which serve 21 airlines flying to 43 metro areas, including Mexico City and Monterrey. The airport's top-ranked destinations are Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. As of December 2006, Southwest Airlines is the airport's largest passenger air carrier, enplaning 35.24 percent of the airport's total passengers. American, Continental, and Northwest are the next three largest carriers. From February to September 2006, the airport was a "focus city" for United Airlines (which it affectionately called 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.

The airport is currently undergoing a major, multi-million dollar expansion project which will add new terminals and parking facilities. The ultimate master plan for the project will increase gate capacity to 35. In addition, construction projects involving Interstate 410 and U.S. Highway 281 will improve access to the airport. (The airport sits near the northeast corner of the I-410/US 281 intersection.) Future plans also call for Stinson Municipal Airport, currently serving general aviation, to become the city's secondary commercial airport.

Airport officials produce a 30-minute news program about once every quarter. "Airport Airwaves" airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. on the Government Access cable channel.

History

San Antonio International Airport was founded in 1941 when the City of San Antonio purchased convert|1200|acre|km2 of undeveloped land north of the city limits for a project to be called “San Antonio Municipal Airport.” World War II Wartime needs meant the unfinished airport was pressed into government service. The airport was 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's, P-40's, A-20's, B-25's, O-47's, O-52's, and L-5's) 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 determined to be excess by the military and turned over to the local government for civil use.

The current Terminal 2, began construction in 1951 and was completed in 1953. In addition to the new terminal the FAA control tower and a baggage claim system were built. When news of the 1968 World Fair coming to San Antonio came, a new satellite concourse with 8 jet bridge gates and passenger holding ares was built.

In 1975, the city adopted its first Airport Master Plan. It included plans for a new 1,300 space parking garage, and a new convert|360000|sqft|m2|sing=on Terminal (now called Terminal 1). Once the new terminal was completed in 1984, it brought the airport's capacity up from just 8 gates to an impressive 27 gates. Then in 1986, a new convert|221|ft|m|sing=on FAA Air Traffic Control Tower was built at a new location.

Then again in 1994, a [http://www.sanantonio.gov/aviation/info_masterplan.asp second Airport Master Plan] was developed that would take the airport well into the 21st century. This master plan included major updates for the airport. It called for more parking spaces made available through a new 3,000 space parking garage that would be completed by 2007. In addition it had plans for improved airport access, as well as an improved concession program. But, the biggest of all would be the two new terminals planned to replace the aging Terminal 2. The planned terminals would increase the airports gate-capacity to 35.

San Antonio closed out the end of the 20th century with over 3.5 million passenger boardings in 1999. That means that since 1966, the airport has boarded more than 80 million people.

Terminals, airlines, and destinations

San Antonio International Airport currently has two terminals with 24 jet-bridge gates (as well as 3 seldom-used, common-use ground-loading gates). The original one-level terminal (now 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 8-gate satellite concourse, which was built to handle visitors to HemisFair '68. A second terminal (now Terminal 1) opened in 1984 with a 16-gate concourse. The U.S. Customs Federal Inspection Station (FIS) is located in Terminal 1. Gates 1-2 and 10-11 have direct access to the FIS.

There is a gap in the gate numbering between the two terminals. Terminal 1 has gates numbered 1-16, and Terminal 2's gates are numbered 30-41. Gate numbers 17-29 were to be used in a concourse planned for the western end of Terminal 1, which will now be built as the new Terminal B.

The two-level parking garage immediately across from Terminal 1 opened in 1982. The FAA control tower became operational in 1986. And the five-level parking garage opened in 1999. Completion of an expansion of the five-level parking garage was completed in mid 2008.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 has 16 gates: 1-16

*Aeromar (San Luis Potosi)
* Aeroméxico Gate 2 (Mexico City)
** Aeroméxico Connect (Mexico City, Monterrey)
* AirTran Airways Gate 14 (Atlanta)
* Delta Air Lines Gates 12–13 (Atlanta)
** Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (Atlanta)
** Delta Connection operated by Comair (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky)
** Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines (Atlanta)
** Delta Connection operated by Shuttle America (Atlanta)
** Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines (Atlanta, Salt Lake City)
* Frontier Airlines Gate 1 (Denver)
* Mexicana Gate 11 (Mexico City)
* Northwest Airlines Gate 10 (Detroit, Memphis)
** Northwest Airlink operated by Pinnacle Airlines (Indianapolis)
** Northwest Airlink operated by Compass Airlines (Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St.Paul)
* Southwest Airlines Gates 3–7 (Baltimore/Washington, Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Denver, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston-Hobby, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa)
* Spirit Airlines Gate 1 (Fort Lauderdale)
* United Airlines Gates 15–16 (Denver, San Francisco [ends November 2] )
** United Express operated by GoJet Airlines (Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Washington-Dulles)
** United Express operated by Mesa Airlines (Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Washington-Dulles)
** United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines (Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco [begins November 3] )

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 has 11 gates: 30-41. Gates 39-41 are the common-use ground-loading gates. This terminal also has a Continental Airlines Presidents Club.

* American Airlines Gates 34–37 (Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth)
** AmericanConnection operated by Trans States Airlines (St. Louis)
* Continental Airlines Gates 30–32 (Houston-Intercontinental, Newark)
** Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines (Houston-Intercontinental)
* US Airways Gate 33 (Phoenix)
** US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines (Charlotte, Phoenix)

Expansion

A major expansion program began in 2006 to add additional parking, two new terminals, and roadway improvements. The plan calls for the recently renovated Terminal 2 to be razed after a new two-level 8-gate concourse is completed in 2010. Terminal 1 will then be renamed Terminal A, and the new concourse will be named Terminal B. Another new terminal, Terminal C, will then be constructed beginning in 2010. It will initially include 5 gates and will subsequently be expanded to 11 gates as passenger counts require. Terminal C should be completed in 2012, bringing San Antonio's total number of jet-bridge gates to 28. This number will eventually increase to 35 gates as Terminal C is expanded. There are also preliminary plans for Terminal D, which could have up to 20 gates, to be built as needed.

The bi-level roadway in front of Terminal 1 is also being extended to provide service to the new terminals. A convert|1100000|sqft|m2|sing=on 3,000-space expansion to the existing five-level long-term parking garage was completed in mid 2008. Various ancillary utility projects and upgrades are also being performed as part of this program. To see a map of the construction [http://www.sanantonio.gov/aviation/images/upload-72200823140PM.pdf click here] .

Other operations

Beginning on May 22, 2008, Ryan International Airlines will offer daily (except Tuesday) nonstop Boeing 737-400 charter flights to Cancun and Monday and Friday nonstop service to Cozumel.

The San Antonio Spurs' charter Champion Air used SAT. (Champion ceased operations in May 2008)

DHL, FedEx, and UPS operate cargo flights at SAT.

San Antonio Aerospace occasionally receives rare VIP aircraft under maintenance contracts. They also maintain commercial airline aircraft.

San Antonio receives a share of Dallas- and Houston-area diverted flights during bad weather. These diversions are more frequent during the thunderstorm-prone summer months than during the winter months. Past visitors have included trans-Atlantic flights.

See also

* Texas World War II Army Airfields

References

External links

* [http://www.sanantonio-airport.com/ San Antonio International Airport Website] , official site
** [http://www.sanantonio-aviation.com/fids/Arrivals-Portrait_1.html San Antonio Multi-User Flight Information Display - Arrivals]
** [http://www.sanantonio-aviation.com/fids/Departures-Portrait_1.html San Antonio Multi-User Flight Information Display - Departures]
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sanantoniointlairport San Antonio Intl Airport Group]
* [http://www.spotterswiki.com/index.php?title=San_Antonio_International_Airport_%28SAT/KSAT%29 SpottersWiki "The Ultimate Airport Spotting Guide"] San Antonio International Airport
*US-airport|SAT
** [http://timetables.oag.com/sat/ OAG Schedules for SAT]



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