San Antonio International Airport

Fiesta at San Antonio International Airport

Fiesta San Antonio runs from April 20 to 30 and the San Antonio International Airport is kicking off the festival by giving passengers a taste of the festivities taking place in town.

Through April 21, the airport will be hosting mariachi musicians, folklorico dancers, balloonists and caricature artists and handing out a limited number of 2017 San Antonio International Airport Fiesta medals distributed to random  travelers as they deplane.

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Happy Birthday San Antonio International Airport

In 2013, San Antonio International Airport will officially celebrate 60 years as an airport, but this month marks the 70th anniversary of the airport’s role as an airfield.

What a fun weather map!

 

In 1941, the city of San Antonio bought 1,200 acres of land for the purposes of building an airport. But World War II came along and the Army took over the land and opened Alamo Field, which was used by the United States Army Air Forces as a training base throughout the war. The city got the airfield back after the war and opened its commercial airport in 1953.

Looks like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans stopped by San Antonio International way back when

Thanks to Rich Johnson of the San Antonio Airport System for sending along these photos.

Sweet stuff at San Antonio Int’l Airport

I got three notices from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) today.

One was about Delta reinstating service from San Antonio to Cincinnati. That’s good.

One was about the airport jumping into the world of social media with Facebook and Twitter accounts that will be used to keep travelers up-to-date on weather, flight delays, cancellations, and other airport news such as contests. The airport is already promising prizes to its 500th Facebook Fan and its 500th Twitter follower.

SAT also promises to use Facebook and Twitter to alert travelers to concessions specials and discounts, like this week’s candy sale at Natalie’s Candy Bar in Terminal 1 by Gate 10, where there are 16 different candies in 1 lb bags selling for $2.99 each.   (Not that I would admit to buying a pound of candy at an airport, but I’m pretty sure that’s a good deal.)

While you’re at the airport, snacking on candy or just hanging around, be sure to check out the airport art, including Gary Sweeney’s neo-retro tourist tourist posters at the entrance to the parking garage.

They look just like vintage travel ads, but on second glance you’ll see that they’re pleasantly, wackily, off.

Happy Souvenir Sunday from San Antonio International Airport

Happy Souvenir Sunday!

On Sundays we unpack our bags and take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive, “of the city” souvenirs available at airports.

SAN Armadillo droppings

This week’s souvenirs come from San Antonio International Airport (SAT), where Rich Johnson was kind enough to take photos of some of the items for sale.

SAT Tortilla Soup

Chocolate “Armadillo Droppings” and this colorful box of Tortilla Soup Mix would make lovely gifts, but each sells for just a bit more than the $10 we set as a limit for our “pick” on Souvenir Sunday.

But this box of leche quemada, a fudge-like Mexican candy made in San Antonio, fit the bill.

The entire box sells for just about $8.

San Antonio Leche Quemada

Have you found a great souvenir at an airport?

If it is under $10, “of” the city or region and, ideally, a bit offbeat, then please take a photo and send it along.

It may end up in a future edition of Souvenir Sunday.

Free yellow roses at San Antonio Int’l Airport

On Friday, February 13th, just to get folks in the mood for Valentine’s Day, San Antonio International Airport’s volunteer ambassadors will be handing out 4,000 yellow roses to arriving passengers in the baggage claim area.

Passengers will also be serenaded by a mariachi band.

The airport’s partner for this event is the local convention and visitors bureau.

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Airport ambassadors handed out yellow roses last year too!

A great tradition.

For Valentine’s Day events at other airports, see my recent “At the Airport” column on USAToday.com: Airports Sweeten the Deal for Valentine’s Day.

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