San Antonio International Airport

Southwest Airlines

It appears San Antonio’s efforts to attract non-stop air service to key destinations may be paying off.

Wednesday, David Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ Managing Director for Business Development, took a break while traveling to talk with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler.

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Frontier Airlines will begin service in San Antonio this year. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Frontier will provide direct flights from San Antonio to Philadelphia, a route not currently offered. It will also add more direct flights to Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Denver, where the company is based.

Last year City Council approved a program to provide financial incentives for airlines to begin serving San Antonio. City Councilman Joe Krier says this announcement shows the program is working, and is an important development for tourists and businesses alike.

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.