A newly-formed air service task force launched by City of San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has been announced the same week of celebrations of a new nonstop flight from San Antonio International Airport to Toronto, Canada.
The task force, currently formed by 18 members, is formally called the City-County Air Service Infrastructure Task Force.
City Councilman Joe Krier is one of the the task force’s tri-chairs. He said there’s a variety of things members will be looking into, such as adding an additional airport to the region, expanding San Antonio International Airport and continuing to add more flights. However, he said it’s not so much about adding destinations as it is nonstop flights.
Krier also realizes that many San Antonians look at other cities like Austin and Houston for flight options. That is something he’d like to see change.
“Sometimes it takes me an hour and a half and sometimes it takes me two and a half hours (to get to Austin). You can’t do that if you’re catching an airplane,” Krier said.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff echoed Krier and said 17 percent of the people in our region are going elsewhere to catch flights.
Both Krier and Wolff said quality air service is key to San Antonio’s economic competitiveness. The task force will meet quarterly to explore options to ensure adequate air service for the region by 2040.