SAT Master Plan
Executive Summary (PDF)
In 2009, the City of San Antonio initiated the development of Vision 2050, the Master Plan of the San Antonio International Airport. Vision 2050 identifies the development options regarding land use, facilities and services to ensure that the airport meets its strategic objectives and can accommodate expected levels of activity over the next 20 years.
The nearly two year process included input from more than 90 individuals representing close to 70 organizations, including universities, businesses, chambers of commerce, local municipalities, tourism and community organizations, local utilities and transportation entities. The individuals served on three key stakeholder committees -- the Ad Hoc, Technical Advisory and Community Advisory.
The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee was chaired by Mayor Julian Castro and included Council members Elisa Chan (District 9), Jennifer Ramos (District 3) and John Clamp (District 10) as well as City Manager Sheryl Sculley. It served as the policy-oriented group that guided the efforts of the Consultant team and advised on the future of the San Antonio region and the vision that the Airport should have to support the region’s future. The group included executives from Bexar County, Port San Antonio, VIA Metropolitan Transit, Texas Department of Transportation, large corporate employers and other regional entities.
The Technical Advisory Committee included key stakeholders with particular technical knowledge or orientation that contributed to the development of the Vision 2050 Airport Master Plan. Stakeholder groups included the Aviation Department, utilities, transportation organizations and airlines. The committee advised on technical matters relating to specific airport plans and concepts.
The Community Advisory Committee represented such key stakeholders such as local municipalities, public art groups, tourism organizations and other special interest groups who offered input on historical, community and regional information that was considered in creating the Vision 2050 Airport Master Plan. The members advised on community concerns and goals as input to the airport plans.
The Technical Advisory and Community Advisory Committees met first. Their comments were then shared with the Ad Hoc Committee. Overall, the committees met five times from November 2009 through January 2011 to develop Vision 2050. At each meeting, questions raised were recorded and the answers were shared with the other committee members before the next meeting. The questions and concerns were also integrated into the next meeting so each committee member was fully-informed.
In addition to the committee meetings, two well-attended public meetings were held to allow the public to ask questions on the Master Plan.
The final recommendations of Vision 2050 can be encapsulated in the following:
- Master Plan seeks to accommodate activity growth with facilities sized to meet that growth
- Common use airline gates can delay need for terminal expansion
- Airfield “infill areas” improve efficiency of apron/gate interface
- Financial sustainability
- Property acquisition can enhance non-aeronautical revenues
- Commercial development concept established
- Transportation hub
- Multimodal concepts position San Antonio International Airport as a regional transportation hub
- Interface with Austin-San Antonio Rail Corridor
- Opportunity for a VIA transit hub
Executive Summary (PDF)