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San Antonio airport sets another passenger record in July

August 27, 2018

San Antonio International Airport set another record for passenger growth in July as aviation officials weigh the city’s air travel needs for the next several decades.

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More than 933,000 travelers passed through the San Antonio airport in July, officials announced Monday — a 9.9 percent increase from the roughly 849,000 passengers that landed in or boarded planes at the airfield in July 2017.

Airport officials attributed the increase to new carriers and routes from American, Southwest and Frontier airlines. San Antonio International Airport has added 33 flights since 2016, according to a monthly passenger statistics report.

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Domestic travel to and from San Antonio International Airport grew by 9.6 percent from about 803,000 passengers in July 2017 to more than 880,000 last month. Airlines boosted the number of seats on domestic flights in and out of San Antonio by 5.8 percent, the passenger statistics report says.

The airport also saw a surge in international travel last month — up 16.3 percent to more than 53,000 passengers from more than 45,000 in July 2017. That uptick accompanied a 32.2 percent increase in the number of seats on international flights. Volaris has added seats to its flight to Mexico City while Interjet boosted capacity on its flights to Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

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Overall, nearly 5.5 million travelers passed through San Antonio International Airport from January to July, up 9.2 percent from 5 million during the same timeframe last year. Airport officials say they’re on track to exceed 10 million passengers this year after setting a record of more than 9 million in 2017.

City aviation officials are currently undergoing a review of San Antonio’s air travel needs and how the city’s airfields can keep up with population and passenger growth during the next 50 years.

Joshua Fechter is a San Antonio-based staff writer covering retail and tourism. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jfechter@express-news.net | Twitter: @JFreports

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