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$2.5 Billion Development Underway at San Antonio International Airport

A new nonstop European flight has also been announced

By Amy Durham

rendering of an airport terminal in daylight in San Antonio
Rendering of the new terminal at San Antonio International Airport | | Courtesy of San Antonio International Airport

The San Antonio International Airport is embarking on an ambitious 20-year, $2.5 billion strategic development plan to accommodate its expanding needs. The project includes the construction of a new terminal, as well as substantial enhancements to runways, roads, and parking facilities to manage the growth of the busy airport.

The new terminal will be bigger than the combined size of the two existing terminals and will boast up to 17 gates. The project’s preliminary phases are set to begin in 2024, with a targeted completion date of March 2028.

One of the initial undertakings in this extensive initiative will be a comparatively smaller project. Hensel Phelps, a company based in Greeley, Colorado, will spearhead the design and construction of a new ground load facility. They will also oversee the relocation of an existing gate and the establishment of additional overnight parking area for aircraft. The construction phase for this component is slated to begin in 2024 and conclude by 2025.

Condor green and white striped airplane on runway
Condor plane | | Courtesy of Condor

In another significant move, San Antonio International Airport is diversifying its international connectivity. For the first time, the airport is set to begin a nonstop flight to Europe in May 2024. The German airline, Condor, will commence flights to Frankfurt, Germany, on May 17. This route will be operational seasonally, running until Sept. 6. Tickets for these flights are already available for purchase, and the service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

This international expansion marks the debut of nonstop travel between San Antonio and Europe, allowing Europeans unprecedented access to San Antonio as well. The flight is anticipated to generate an annual economic impact of approximately $34 million for the region.