May 26–The NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament and the Easter holiday weekend fueled double-digit passenger growth at San Antonio International Airport in April, according to figures released Friday.
More than 836,000 travelers passed through the San Antonio airport last month, city aviation officials said –nearly a 14 percent jump from the 737,000 that did so in April 2017.
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"This is the twenty-second consecutive month of record passenger growth, and obviously we view this as a positive trend," Aviation Director Russ Handy said in a statement. "It provides momentum to continue our progress and record-breaking passenger growth well into the future."
Most of those travelers in April came from the U.S. Domestic air travel to and from San Antonio jumped 13.1 percent from about 710,000 passengers in April 2017 to more than 803,000 last month, figures released by the San Antonio Airport System show.
San Antonio runways also saw more visitors from Mexico and Canada last month. Nearly 30,000 international travelers passed through San Antonio International in April, up 18.2 percent from 25,000 during the same month last year.
More travelers chartered private jets out of San Antonio last month — about 3,800, a 60 percent gain over 2,400 in April 2017.
San Antonio aviation officials and airliners have been adding more routes and flights to the airport this month. Last week, low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines announced the addition of nine nonstop routes out of San Antonio International Airport to U.S. destinations including Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Memphis, Tennessee.
That announcement came days after United Airlines said it plans to add more daily nonstop flights on its already-existing route from San Antonio to Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.
oshua Fechter is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. Read more of his stories here. — firstname.lastname@example.org — Twitter: @JFReports
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