San Antonio International Airport

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio International Airport officials are warning that you may not be able to park at the airport.

Despite ongoing construction of a new parking terminal, the airport has more parking spaces now than it did a year ago. 

On Saturday morning the airport’s Facebook page warned travelers all of the airport parking lots were full.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

The busiest air travel period of the year begins Thursday morning- a full week before Thanksgiving.  Officials at the San Antonio International Airport say the biggest crowds will there from 5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

To ensure passengers reach their flights on time they suggest the following:

·        Arrive two hours before an early flight and 90 minutes before flights leaving after 7:30 a.m.

·        Print your boarding pass before you arrive or at an airport kiosk

·        Avoid wearing or carrying metal items that may slow down the security check

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio aviation officials have unveiled a package of financial incentives aimed at luring more non-stop flights to the city-run airport.

The effort follows stinging criticism that airport pricing and flight availability may not be competitive enough to attract top businesses to the area.


The new point person for the City of San Antonio’s aviation department says he will soon recommend new incentives to attract more non-stop flights to the International Airport.

There’s been a shakeup in aviation personnel since Texas Public Radio documented higher average ticket prices and fewer non-stops from San Antonio than from other major airports in Texas.

San Antonio Assistant City Manager Carlos Contreras is now leading the effort to make the city-managed airport more competitive, and he says a new business survey is a starting point. (See survey below)

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s airport director told city council members Wednesday that a net 300,000 passengers who used to fly out of the San Antonio International Airport are now driving to Austin for flights.

It’s another bit of data that adds fuel to concerns that San Antonio’s airport may have lost its competitive edge to Austin. 

As part of our project, Growing Pains, Texas Public Radio continues our report on the San Antonio Airport, with the results of what an analyst found when we asked him to compare its ticket prices with that of other cities.