San Antonio council approves $2.5B strategic development plan for airport
San Antonio councilmembers approved a $2.5 billion Strategic Development Plan for the city’s airport on November 18 that will guide future development of the airfield, terminals, ground access, and other infrastructure for the next 20 years.
San Antonio International Airport
The plan received unanimous City Council support which allows the city to formally submit the Airport Layout Plan to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
In tandem with FAA’s review, San Antonio’s aviation department will issue a solicitation to begin advanced terminal planning services, the next major step to implement this plan.
This consultant will perform phasing services, financial feasibility, and delivery method recommendations for various components of the strategic plan.
Years 0-4 would see the addition of three gates and commencement of advanced planning and environmental studies for the terminal, roadway, and parking as well as airfield pavement renewal and new terminal concessions. Baggage system upgrades and expansion of electrical capacity and air cargo operations also are planned in this timeframe.
Years 5-8 of the plan would include construction of a new $840 million Terminal C with up to 17 narrow-body gates including three to five international positions and new international arrivals hall. Other projects during this phase involve additional aircraft parking, terminal roadway realignment, a new consolidated receiving and distribution facility, construction of a new parking and intermodal center, and planning and design of Phase 2.
Years 9-13 feature renovations to Terminal A and reconstruction of the south concourse, design of a central passenger checkpoint and Terminal A North, relocation of the airport’s air traffic control tower, and parking garage expansion.
Years 14 and beyond entail completion of the terminal processor and conclusion of Terminal A reconstruction. Other projects include a new airport entrance from Loop 410, general aviation expansion, and relocation of the airport’s fire station.