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Record airport numbers may mean more tourism jobs in San Antonio

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Millions of people going through the airport may mean more tourism jobs in San Antonio.

San Antonio International Airport’s streak continued in January with its 31st consecutive month of record-breaking passenger numbers, according to industry travel data just released. The airport served 755,157 passengers throughout the month, the highest of any January on record and 7%, or more than 52,000 passengers, over the same period in 2018.

“This growth reflects our ongoing trend of progress enhancing industry relationships to gain and retain air service to meet our customers’ needs,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio.

Domestically, traffic at San Antonio International (SAT) rose nearly 8% compared to the same month last year, and notably international traffic increased over 5% with a decrease in capacity just over 4%.

SAT also surpassed goals for air cargo with 22,891,405 tons of total weight, representing a 9.6% increase, a level not reached during the month of January since 2008.

This is a healthy start to what is anticipated to be another record year. The SAT team is projecting more than 7% increase in capacity for 2019.

Over the past three years, SAT has welcomed multiple new flights to new destinations and added capacity to existing markets. These additions are a reflection of the flourishing economy in this fast growing city.