San Antonio International Airport

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Air Canada has begun a daily nonstop flight between San Antonio and Toronto. The first flight landed at San Antonio International Airport Monday afternoon.

Rus Handy is the Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. He says the flight to Toronto is important because it’s now the airport’s second international destination. Handy says until now, Mexico was the only one.  He also says he thinks the flight’s going to be a huge benefit to tourism.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio civic leaders have met with consultants and others about private management of the city owned airport.

Shelley D. Kofler / Texas Public Radio

A group of 130 San Antonio business leaders will spend much of this week in Washington D.C., lobbying elected officials on policies important to the area’s military, healthcare, tourism and Alamo City industries. 

Mayor Ivy Taylor says her top priority is convincing Congress to lift exemptions that prohibit non-stop flights from San Antonio International to Ronald Reagan Washington National, the airport closest to Capitol Hill.

Jack Morgan

San Antonio International Airport's busy pre-holiday schedule has begun. Over the holidays, major airports like San Antonio International can seem cold and impersonal. The stress can be overwhelming. But then you round a corner and hear a band playing It's a Holly Jolly Christmas  right there in the terminal.

Shelley D. Kofler / Texas Public Radio

There’s mixed news for passengers who rely on San Antonio International Airport.  In a previous story, Texas Public Radio reported that airlines have cut the number of flights between San Antonio and Mexico, and the number of passengers flying those routes has dropped 21 percent over the past year.  But airport officials say domestic service is growing.   What does that mean for specific destinations?  And are historically higher-than-average ticket prices becoming more competitive?