With 899,696 passengers coming through San Antonio International Airport (SAT) in the month of October, SAT has now extended its streak of record setting months of increased passenger traffic to twenty-eight (28). October’s passenger statistics represents a 12% increase or nearly 100,000 additional passengers compared to October 2017, making this highest number of passengers in any previous October.
Domestically, traffic rose nearly 12% to 867,298 compared to October 2017 with capacity increases and new routes on Frontier, American and Southwest. International traffic increased by 10% to 32,398 with year-to-date totals up an astounding 13% or 336,758 passengers.
Not to be outdone, air cargo experienced a growth of 10% 24,256,571 pounds of cargo moved through the airport in the month of October. This continued trend seen in air cargo activity remains a strong indicator of regional economic development.
Thirty-four (34) new flights have either started or have been announced to start at SAT in the near future since 2016, contributing to the remarkable growth at the airport. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city is enjoying a flourishing economy with more jobs added, unemployment dropping, and significant growth in several areas including cybersecurity, bioscience, tech, and manufacturing sectors.
“This continued air service expansion is evidence of the growing prosperity of San Antonio and our surrounding communities,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. “The community is growing and our airport system must expand with it. These numbers further affirm the need for our ongoing airport system development initiatives.”
At the end of 2017, SAT surpassed 9M passengers for the year for the first time ever. If trends continue over the last two months of 2018, with Thanksgiving and holiday traffic traditionally the busiest travel times of the year, SAT is on pace to approach 10M passengers for the year.
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