Whether you’re traveling to or from San Antonio, on a quick weekend jaunt or a long international flight, it helps to know as much as possible about the airport beforehand.
The San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has two terminals (Terminal A and Terminal B), three runways, and serves more than 25 million passengers every year. There are 11 domestic and international airlines that provide regular commercial service here, making the airport a convenient choice for travelers in or near the San Antonio area. Plus, the San Antonio airport is also known for being a Texan hub for flights to Mexico. Airlines operating out of Terminal A are AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American, Delta, Frontier, Interjet, Southwest, Sun Country, and Volaris; Terminal B services American and United.
There are more than 30 restaurants and shops scattered throughout the airport, and free WiFi is available in both terminals. The airport also boasts several amenities, like a lactation room (Terminal A, next to the restrooms near the Information Desk), an interfaith meditation room (Terminal B, in the ticketing lobby), and a USO (Terminal B, in the baggage claim area), where military service members can partake in snacks and a lounge and TV area. Travelers can also peruse year-round art exhibits administered by Public Art San Antonio (PASA), and holiday travelers can enjoy the Annual SAT Holiday Music Festival in December, featuring performances by local school bands, choirs, and orchestras.
SAT Code, Location, and Contact Information
Know Before You Go
The best way to get the lay of the land before you fly out of SAT is to consult the Terminal A-B map. Here, you’ll find all the shopping and dining options available in the airport, and you’ll be able to get a good feel for both terminal layouts. Luckily, the terminals are located right beside each other within the same building, so you don’t have to worry about using transportation to get from place to place. ATMs can be found in both terminals, and currency exchange services are located in Terminal A.
The busiest times for flying out of SAT tend to be weekday mornings, which is why it’s highly recommended that if your flight leaves before 7:30 a.m., you should arrive at least two hours before departure. Peak periods at SAT are Spring Break, mid-July to early August, Thanksgiving, and Christmas through New Years'.
Ground Transportation Options
All ground transportation is located on the Commercial Outer Curb in front of Terminal A and B; see below for your options for getting between the airport and the surrounding metropolitan area.
- Car Rentals: Choose from several companies if you’d like to rent a car during your time in San Antonio. To get to the rental counters, take the elevator or escalator to the Mezzanine Level in Terminal B and cross the Sky Bridge.
- Taxis: Taxis are available at the outer commercial curbside at Terminal A; fare to downtown areas start at $24 per cab.
- Hotel Shuttles: There are several hotels that offer complimentary shuttles to and from SAT; for a full list, see here.
- City Bus Service: San Antonio’s main public transportation option, VIA Metropolitan Transit, offer service throughout the city. To get downtown from the airport, go to the Lower Roadway (Arrivals/Baggage Level in Terminal A and B) and across the marked crosswalk to the outer curb. The VIA bus stop is on the far West end of Terminal B; take Route 5, which will get you downtown in approximately 30 minutes.
- Rideshare: Uber, Lyft, and Wingz are the three approved rideshare companies that operate from the airport; to access these, head to the outer commercial curbside, on the lower level of Terminal A.
Parking at SAT
Travelers have three options for parking (see the parking map here) at the San Antonio airport: the Long-Term and Short-Term Parking Garage, or the Economy Green and Red Parking Lots (the airport provides free shuttle service to and from the Green or Red Parking Lots to the terminal curbside). You can leave your vehicle on-site for up to 30 days. See here for a full list of rates & fees for all parking options.
Those picking someone up from SAT can take advantage of the (free!) Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located one block off of 410 at the corner of Airport and Northern Blvd, behind Burger King and QMart.
Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop
There are over 30 options when it comes to eating, drinking, and shopping in the San Antonio airport, but if you can choose and you have time to spare, don’t miss out on the following shops, bars, and restaurants:
- La Gloria (Terminal A): San Antonio’s famed Mexican eatery, with a delectable menu of street foods from interior Mexico.
- Vino Volo (Terminal A): One of the city’s best wine bars, and it’s inside the airport.
- La Tapenade (Terminal A): Healthy, yummy, Mediterranean-inspired fare.
- Bon du Monde (Terminal A): The perfect pitstop for a sweet treat; bring a chocolate confection home to your loved one or devour it on the spot.
- Simply Books (Terminal A): Surprisingly good selection of bestsellers and classics.
- Alamo Alehouse (Terminal A): Great beer and wine selection; tasty burgers, too.
Wi-Fi and Phones
Free Wi-Fi is widely available throughout the San Antonio airport, and there are courtesy phones in both terminals, as well.
SAT Airport Fast Facts
- SAT is notoriously easy to navigate, ranking high on a passenger satisfaction survey by J.D. Powers and Associates—sixth overall among midsize airports in North America, as of 2019. The ranking is based on an assessment of six factors, including terminal facilities, airport accessibility, security checks, baggage claim, security checks, check-in and baggage check, retail, and food and beverage.
- The airport was built in July 1941 as a military base and became a commercial airport in 1953.
- SAT is chock-full of exciting art installations thanks to Public Art San Antonio (PASA)—keep your eyes peeled for the “Suitcase Wheel,” a giant wheel made of 75 vintage Samsonite suitcases, “Lumen,” a sun-like circular coil sculpture, and “Four Directions,” art glass that depicts historic doorways and architectural portals throughout San Antonio (all of these installations are in Terminal B).