Flights are returning to San Antonio, and it’s about to become easier to travel to New York and San Francisco.
Because of these and other flights, San Antonio International Airport will soon have more nonstop service flights than it did in 2019.
In September, United Airlines will resume nonstop flights to Newark Liberty International Airport, which serves the New York City metropolitan area. Starting Sept. 8, San Antonio will see a daily departure for Newark. By the end of October, that will increase to twice a day.
Other airlines also will be resuming flights to New York City soon. Delta Airlines is scheduled to resume its nonstop service to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Nov. 7. Additionally, low-cost carrier JetBlue plans to provide new nonstop flights to JFK starting Oct. 31.
American Airlines restored its nonstop flights to JFK in August.
For travelers booking trips to the West Coast, options for San Francisco are also re-opening. United will resume flying to the city six times a week in September. Service will become daily in October.
Director of Airports Jesus Saenz said in a statement the resumption of flights to these cities marks an “important milestone” in the recovery of the travel industry locally. He said flights to additional destinations will resume in October and November in time for the holidays.
Many of these flights stopped last year, when airlines slashed service during the worst of the early pandemic waves. Since then, air travelers have slowly returned, prompting airlines to begin services again.
An airport spokeswoman said the seven-day rolling average for the airport’s passenger count is around 85% of 2019 levels. Nearly nine months ago, it was at 60% of 2019 levels. But some days show even sunnier signs of recovery, such as Sunday, which saw more passengers than its 2019 equivalent date.
And by the end of the year, the airport will have nonstop service to 43 destinations, compared to the 41 it had in 2019.
San Antonio’s recovery follows national trends. Nationwide, Transportation Security Administration data shows slightly more than 1.9 million travelers passed through security checkpoints on Sunday, more than twice the roughly 800,000 that traveled on the same day in 2020, and slightly surpassing 2019’s 1.88 million.
In San Antonio, JetBlue plans to open new nonstop flights to Boston’s Logan International Airport on Oct. 31. City Manager Erik Walsh said earlier this year that the upcoming service came out of airport officials’ ongoing efforts to expand the city’s flight options. Boston is San Antonio’s largest underserved market.
In November, Southwest Airlines is set to increase the frequency of its flights to El Paso, Dallas, and New Orleans, according to a press release from San Antonio’s airport. The airline is set to begin seasonal flights to Colorado Springs around that time as well.
The airport spokeswoman said low-cost carrier Sun Country will resume seasonal service to Las Vegas on Thursday, and Delta Air Lines will expand the capacity of its flights to both Los Angeles and Minneapolis in September.