San Antonio airport gets new low-cost airline, 2 nonstop routes
Sun Country Airlines, a Minnesota-based low-cost carrier, will enter the San Antonio market later this year with nonstop flights to Portland and the Minneapolis area, officials said Tuesday.
The airline will launch two nonstop routes flying four times a week from the San Antonio airfield to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Portland International Airport in May and June, respectively. One-way tickets start at $89.
“We’re excited to provide new low cost air service to San Antonio residents and to bring more visitors to the Alamo City,” Ted Botimer, Sun Country chief commercial officer, said in a statement. “Our focus on low fares and great customer service will be a great fit in this market, and we look forward to our continued partnership with the San Antonio Aviation Department.”
RELATED: San Antonio airport lands new nonstop flight to New York
Delta Air Lines currently offers nonstop service from San Antonio International to Minneapolis-St. Paul International, according to the airport’s website. The San Antonio airport did not previously have a nonstop flight to Portland.
San Antonio aviation officials have more aggressively courted nonstop flights in recent years. The airport has added three carriers and 35 flights since 2016, officials said, and now provides nonstop routes to 54 cities. Last week, Alaska Airlines announced a twice-daily nonstop flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport that will launch in July.
RELATED: New $25 million development coming to San Antonio airport
And San Antonio International has experienced 27 straight months of passenger growth. About 9.2 million travelers flew out of or landed at the airport in the 11-month period ended Nov. 30 — up 10.7 percent from nearly 8.3 million passengers during the same period in 2017.
In addition to San Antonio International, Sun Country announced it is expanding to Washington Dulles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Sacramento International Airport and T.F. Green Airport International Airport in Rhode Island.
Joshua Fechter is a San Antonio-based staff writer covering real estate, economic development and philanthropy. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @JFreports