If you’ve flown out of San Antonio International Airport lately, you know that the crowds of passengers are back. In August, 813,000 travelers passed through the city-owned facility, which worked out to 93 percent of the average monthly totals in 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic laid waste to the air travel industry.
But San Antonio International’s resurgence isn’t all good news. It’s highlighting some of the airport’s long-standing inadequacies. Travelers who waited out the worst of the pandemic are finding the number of nonstop flights out of San Antonio is still small compared to Austin-Bergstrom International, which is close enough to siphon off area passengers who really hate connecting flights. And as travelers crowd cattle-like into Terminal A’s concourse, one of the narrowest among big-city airports – well, it’s just as they remember it.