San Antonio International Airport Shares Spring Break Travel Tips

Published on March 07, 2024

City of San Antonio Aviation Department        

SAN ANTONIO (March 7, 2024)  San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is expecting another record-breaking Spring Break travel season. Approximately 343,000 travelers will be flying in and out of SAT from Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 12, which is a 9-percent increase compared to the same period last year.

“We’re prepared as always because we want everyone to have an easy experience as they fly through SAT,” Jesus Saenz, Director of Airports at SAT said. “Most local school districts are observing the same Spring Break period this year – and that certainly impacts travel. People should plan ahead, consider their options when it comes to parking and arrive early.”

Aside from using ride-share services, travelers can choose from a variety of on-site parking options:

  • Fly Away Valet (located in the Short-Term Garage and can be reserved)
  • Long-Term Parking Garage
  • Short-Term Parking Garage
  • Economy Parking Lots with free shuttle service to the terminals
  • VIA Stone Oak Park & Ride (free parking and rides to/from SAT during designated times)

To check the number of parking spaces available and for a cost breakdown, visit SAT’s website

“This is the most important piece of travel advice for anyone flying this Spring Break. If you have a domestic flight, arrive at least 2 hours before your boarding time, not your departure time,” Tonya Hope, Public Relations Manager at SAT said.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has taken extra measures to make getting through checkpoints more efficient and wants travelers to know:

  • TSA has more than enough personnel to keep lanes open and provide the screening necessary for the expected increase of travelers.
  • New screening equipment has been added so travelers no longer have to remove items such as liquids or electronics from their luggage.
  • Travelers should have their government-issued photo ID ready when they arrive at a checkpoint.

Last Spring Break, SAT’s five most popular destinations were:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. New York City (all airports combined)
  3. Dallas Metroplex (all airports combined)
  4. Orlando
  5. Denver

According to Jacob Tyler, Air Service Development Manager at SAT, the increase in flight options on competitive routes from SAT has resulted in a decrease in fares.

“There’s never been a more affordable time to travel,” Tyler said. “We’ve been breaking monthly records every single month consecutively since last May. This is good news for our community because more people can take that trip they might have put off or get to travel more to the places they want to go to. We’re happy to have more scheduled service this March than last year at the same time to a majority of SAT’s destinations.”

These are SAT’s nonstop destinations with the largest increases:

  • Dallas-Ft. Worth
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Guadalajara
  • Kansas City 
  • Los Angeles
  • Mexico City 
  • Miami
  • New York-JFK
  • Queretaro new
  • San Diego
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa

Travelers with questions about what they can pack should visit TSA’s website and/or TSA’s social media platforms to get a response from an officer in an hour or less.

For more information about SAT, please visit the airport’s website.