San Antonio International Airport making progress toward pandemic recovery with new flights on the horizon – The City of San Antonio

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Erin Rodriguez, Senior Public Information Officer
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San Antonio (May 26, 2022) – Passenger numbers at San Antonio International Airport continue to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. 767,099 passengers passed through SAT in April 2022, which represents an increase of 40.4% compared to the same month in 2021.


2019 was a banner year for SAT, which served over 10 million passengers. This included the busiest April in the airport’s history. Passenger numbers in April 2022 reached 89.0% of the levels seen in April 2019, while total capacity reached 86.4% in that month.


“With the decline in COVID-19 cases during the month, travel patterns continued to rebound for business and leisure in our region, in addition to special events during the month including Fiesta, Week Holy and the continuation of the spring break season,” said Brian Pratte. , director of airline services and marketing for the City of San Antonio Department of Aviation.


Almost all airlines have increased their operations from SAT. The airlines with the biggest increases in service from March to April include:

  • Volaris, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines and VivaAerobus

Additionally, a total of 22,909,213 pounds of air cargo passed through SAT during the month of April 2022. This is slightly lower than the levels seen in April 2021 and 2019.


International travel saw an impressive increase to and from SAT with a change in seat capacity of 54.5% compared to April 2019.


“Holy Week is one of the busiest travel times between San Antonio and Mexico. All Mexican carriers have significantly increased their service to meet this demand,” said Jesus H. Saenz, Director of Airports for the San Antonio Airport System.


SAT ranked first among all midsize US airports in total seats to Mexico in April. Nationally, SAT ranked #12 in total seats in Mexico. In terms of international seating, SAT ranked 29th out of 75 US airports offering international service in March.


SAT is also looking forward to an excellent summer season with new flights offered by four airlines:

  • Frontier Airlines: Effective today, the airline launched twice-weekly nonstop service to Atlanta (ATL); on June 10, they will offer 3 times per week service to Philadelphia (PHL) and nonstop flights to Las Vegas (LAS) will increase from 1 to 2 times per day (depending on the day of the week) in June.
  • United Airlines: The airline’s popular daily flight to San Francisco (SFO) (which now has 76 seats) will change planes to accommodate an increase of up to 118% more seats.
  • Southwest Airlines will offer daily flights to Cancun (CUN) in June (compared to 5 times a week last summer) and on June 11 they will offer new Saturday service to Albuquerque (ABQ) during the summer.
  • Delta Air Lines: On September 13, the airline is expected to resume nonstop service to New York (JFK).

“If you haven’t shopped for a flight in a while, there are plenty of new options from San Antonio to choose from,” Saenz said. “Now is the time – to make those travel plans you may have been putting off for the past two years.”

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