6 thoughts on “Nirenberg Taps Business, Aviation Leaders To Map City’s Air Transportation Future

  1. San Antonio cannot get service to London or anywhere else in Europe until it expands its runway. That’s a fact. The market will likely support that flight within the next 10 years (if not already) – San Antonio is one of the largest markets without European service. The only airliner that can fly that route economically is the Dreamliner, and it needs about 1000 more feet of runway to take off fully loaded.

    For the most part, the lack of domestic routes is a function of lack of demand. But for Europe, even if there is demand, the airport, with its current runways, cannot meet it. Thus, Austin will remain the airport of choice for European carriers serving Central Texas, and draw away traffic from SAT.

    With idle gates and room to build Terminal C, the airport is centrally located, easy to use, and remains well below capacity. There is no need for a new airport, especially an outlying one. There is a need to expand the runways.

    • I agree. I researched runway needs for the Dreamliner when it came out because it was designed to be economically efficient with fewer passengers. First priority should be to study what has to be done, no matter how expensive including no matter what has to be removed or closed down, to get at least one runway at the present location long enough to handle Dreamliners in a safe way (not just the minimum length).

    • So do the 747’s there do vertical take off and landing? That runway’s 8500 feet long. It can land any plane flying today (although probably couldn’t disembark passengers with current jetways).

  2. San Antonio will always be a second tier city and unable to attract large desirable corporations (i.e., Amazon, to provide good jobs and increase our tax base) until it has a world class airport. We have already lost one of our few major corporations (AT&T) because of our inadequate airport. The city needs to pass a bond issue to improve runways and guarantee airlines that they will subsidize flights until the demand catches up. We will never have large corporations competing to come to SA until there are more direct domestic flights and international flights. Once again, we have not seized the moment and are losing out to Austin.

  3. Interesting that the blurb about Commissioner Wolff’s optimistic view on high-speed rail was imbedded within the article. We’ve been talking about that for years. Both San Antonio snd Austin have invested in airport infrastructure, and a San Antonio/Austin regional airport is not a feasible option. Increasing the ideal current location is the best plan, but we should connect the two airports, and their downtowns, with high-speed rail, with brief stops in Schertz, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Buda areas.

    Less cost, quicker completion time, and meets a long-standing need, to get vehicles off of I-35.

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