San Antonio International Airport setting milestones during holiday season

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — It could be a record-breaking holiday travel season with more than a half million passengers flying out of San Antonio International Airport (SAT) over the next two weeks.

But the airport is also reporting a milestone regarding air travel that has been happening since the holiday season got started: For the first time in the airport’s post-pandemic recovery, there were more passengers in November 2022 (856,336) compared to November 2019 (854,152).

Looking beyond the holidays, SAT is announcing the return of a popular non-stop flight in 2023. Southwest Airlines will resume daily flights to Kansas City International Airport (MCI) starting on July 11. The two-hour flight will depart SAT at 11:35 a.m. and will arrive in KC at 1:35 p.m. Daily return flights from MCI will arrive in San Antonio at 2:25 p.m.

In April 2022, Southwest also resumed seasonal service to Colorado Springs (COS) and started new service to Oklahoma City (OKC).

SAT is also crediting Spirit Airlines for the boost in passenger volume this season. The airline started operating at SAT in November with daily nonstop service to both Orlando (MCO) and Las Vegas (LAS). Spirit will be offering nonstop service to both Baltimore (BWI) and Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) beginning on March 8, 2023.