San Antonio International Airport (SAT) in Texas, US, has reported a 40.4% year-on-year increase in passenger volumes for last month, with air travel recovering amid a fall in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Last month, SAT welcomed 767,099 passengers, which was 89% of April 2019 levels.
International travel to and from the airport also improved, with a seat capacity change of 54.5% from April 2019.
SAT noted that nearly all airline companies increased their operations from the airport, with the largest increases being from Volaris, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines and VivaAerobus.
Last month, however, the airport handled 22,909,213 pounds of air cargo, which is slightly less than in April last year and April 2019.
San Antonio Airport System Airports director Jesus Saenz said: “Holy Week (11-17 April) is one of the busiest travel periods between San Antonio and Mexico.
“All Mexican carriers increased their service significantly to meet that demand.”
The City of San Antonio Aviation Department chief air service and marketing officer Brian Pratte said: “With Covid-19 cases dropping during the month, travel patterns continued to rebound for both business and leisure to our region in addition to special events during the month including Fiesta, Holy Week and the continuation of the Spring Break season.”
Over the coming months, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines are all scheduled to offer new flights from SAT.
Frontier Airlines has launched a non-stop service twice weekly to Atlanta as of 26 May and is due to offer flights to Philadelphia three times a week from 10 June.
United Airlines’ daily flight to San Francisco is due to switch aircraft to allow an increase of up to 118% more seats. The flight currently has 76 seats.
On September 13, Delta Air Lines is scheduled to resume its non-stop service to New York.