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First Look: New SAT renderings and completion date released

The San Antonio International Airport is about to reach new heights with groundbreaking as early as next year.


Proposed renderings show bridges connecting the terminal over a paseo.

Courtesy of San Antonio International Airport

We finally got a first look at what’s planned for the $2.5 billion SAT airport expansion.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the design renderings and a 3D model of the new terminal were unveiled during a City Council meeting.

The Terminal Development Program (TDP) was said to be on track, with an expected completion date of Q2 in 2028.

The San Antonio Airport System partnered with international architecture and design firm Corgan, local award-winning firm Lake|Flato Architects, and airport + transportation planners from Kimley-Horn to bring this vision to reality.

At 15% designed, here’s what we know so far:

  • 17-gate expansion — of these, six will accommodate both domestic and international flights
  • 850,000+ sqft — larger than Terminals A and B combined
  • A riparian paseo — connecting the curb and terminal in a way that alludes to the River Walk experience
  • Outdoor courtyards — showcasing San Antonio’s 250+ days of sunshine per year
  • ~41,000 sqft of concessions space — allowing SAT to feature more shops and restaurants
  • 29,000+ sqft of club lounge space — including a possible Centurion Lounge
  • Larger holdrooms — seating areas at each gate with the “latest technologies”
  • Federal Inspections Service area — expanded international air service
  • Roadway improvements — increased traffic flow and removed congestion

“If all goes to plan, we’ll put shovels in the ground around this time next year,” said Director of Airports Jesus Saenz.

City Manager Erik Walsh shared that the TDP budget will be developed over the next year, with numerous factors to consider for the final cost.


A 3D model was unveiled along with renderings of the new terminal.

Photo by SATXtoday

According to Saenz, the positioning of the new terminal will allow for minimal interruptions to existing road and airport traffic during its development; however, some “construction pains” effecting traffic are to be expected.

SAT intends to communicate these changes with passengers when the time comes. In the meantime, you can follow along with progress on social media?

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