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Traveling this Holiday? Be Prepared!

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally the busiest travel periods of the year, so San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is anticipating heave traffic again this year.

To make your travel somewhat stress free, here are some helpful tips:

Early Arrival: Passengers are encouraged to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled flight especially during the holidays.

Check flight status online: Passengers are able to check their flight status before they leave home and receive email alerts from the airline.

Wheelchair Assistance: If you are traveling with someone who needs wheelchair assistance, contact the airline before arriving at the airport.

Kids Traveling Alone: If you have a child traveling alone (unaccompanied minors) and want to escort them to the gate, please make arrangements with the airline to receive an access pass to the gate.

Print your Boarding Pass Early: Passengers can print boarding passes at home or download to their cell phones before they arrive or can use the convenient airline check-in kiosk at the airport.

Allow time for traffic: Allow ample time to get to the airport.

Parking availability:  There are 8,674 parking spaces between the Short Term (1,238), Long Term (5,288), and Economy Lots [formerly Green / Red Lots] (2,148).

Pay attention to Park Assist: Take advantage of the Park Assist System to guide you to available spots. As you enter the parking plaza, signs indicate the number of available parking spaces within the Short Term Parking Garage. Park Assist uses a green light for available spots, red for unavailable and blue for available ADA/Handicapped parking. You can visit the airport webpage or use the Park Assist App and know the number of available parking spaces before you depart.

Use the Cell Phone Lot for pick-ups: Use the convenient cell phone lot while waiting for your party. The new lot is located directly behind the Burger King and Q-Mart convenience store on Airport Boulevard.

Ask for Help:  This time of year, we see a lot of passengers who don’t travel often. Our Ambassadors and staff are here to help, so if you have questions, ask them.

Wrapped gifts: TSA recommends that you NOT bring wrapped gifts to the airport, either in  your carry-on baggage or your checks bags. If the package alarms for any reason, they will have to unwrap it.

@AskTSA:  Travelers with questions about security, or items they can or cannot bring on their trip, can contact a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee for live assistance 365 days a year by tweeting questions and comments to @AskTSA.

Follow the 3-1-1: Liquids, gels and aerosols cannot exceed the 3-1-1 ounces rule in your carry-on bag. Let the TSA officer know right away if you’re traveling with larger quantities of medically necessary liquids.

Be ready:  Be ready when you enter the checkpoint line. Have an acceptable ID and boarding pass out and ready to hand to the TSA officer.

TSA Cares: Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and medical conditions can call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 1-855-787-2227 with questions or for assistance 72 hours prior to traveling. Injured service members and veterans may contact TSA Cares to help facilitate the screening process.

Electronics:  Electronics larger than a cell phone — including e-readers and tablets—must be removed from your carry-on bag and placed in bins with nothing on top or below (this rule does not apply to TSA Pre✓® passengers).

Escalators / elevators: When traveling with multiple suitcases, small children, and other items, avoid risk and choose to take the elevator.  The escalators require balance and hands-free flexibility should you lose balance.

Aira Availability:  Aira is available to all blind or vision impaired travelers free of charge at SAT. Aira allows users to use their cell phones, or specially designed glasses for subscribers, to have an off-site agent guide them through the airport, returning independence to our visually impaired passengers.

Airport Holiday Preparations and activities: 

  • Transportation Security Administration has fully staffed checkpoints: TSA anticipates having all lanes  adequately staffed during peak hours.
  • San Antonio Police Department will focus on curb side traffic control management.
  • Ground Transportation staff will facilitate traffic control along the curb zones for taxi and Transportation Network Company management.
  • Long term, short term parking garages, and Economy Lots are open and fully operational with staffing and available space. SAT expanded the Economy Lot (Green Lot) by an additional 389 parking spaces. The Red Lot will be used as an overflow lot if the garages and Economy Lot fill.
  • San Antonio Airport System surveyed the airlines for outbound and inbound passenger projections for each day starting November 19 through November 25. During this time period a total of 228,291 passengers will travel through SAT.
  • Additional security will be deployed within  both terminals.
  • Music will be playing in Terminal A and B during the time period from noon through 5 pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

For more information visit www.sanantonio-airport.com

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Urban Camp Festival (Fall 2018)

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Imagine the gathering of all of your friends at the livest house party of all time… and then add tents, a raging river waiting for you all to tame it, laser tag, different tastes from all over the country, games that might have your children look at you differently, and lastly an open bar that’ll help you forget your antics of the evening.  Once your vision is realized, you will now be walking amongst Urban Camp Weekend, the best camping event in the world, hosted at Mount Breeze of New Braunfels, TX!

Urban Camp Weekend is the largest camping trip in the country, hosted by Urban Camp Weekend and Urban Events Global!  This camp enthralls a large community of eager travelers from all across the country to indulge in a highly entertaining activities, ranging from yoga, to river rafting, during the scheduled weekend.  Intertwined during the duration of the event are mixers for professionals eager to network while still having their fun.  This event was established by Kevin Knight, who had the vision to develop unique and non-traditional experience that allows participants to relax and make lasting connections all while in a territory never explored!

I never knew that drinks, tents, and laser tag could fit together so well.

Upon arriving, we received a warm greeting from campers all across the campsite.  All were participating in games, with laughs bellowing across the site, and immediately incorporated us into the fun!  The atmosphere of the site put people at ease, allowing them to commune with people they had never prior to that day.  The DJ curated songs from all decades, playing them in a way that younger and mature audiences could equally enjoy.  I never knew that drinks, tents, and laser tag could fit together so well.  Overall, the experience was beautifully organized, and the participants had an awesome time.  We cannot wait until next year.

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Road Safety Initiative to Address Increased Traffic Fatalities

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San Antonio Police officers are now receiving additional training on Vision Zero and crash reporting during their daily roll call in an effort to combat San Antonio’s alarming increase in traffic fatalities. Additionally, officers are sharing educational material with roadway users, especially those who are making unsafe choices.

On average, 162 people are killed on San Antonio roadways annually while some 40,000 are killed in traffic crashes across the United States. In the first six months of this year, 85 people were killed on San Antonio roads. This is a 44 percent increase in roadway fatalities when compared to the same period of time last year. In 2016 there were 98 fatalities during the same time period.

“As police officers, we see the tragedies caused by poor driving decisions that are made on a daily basis,” said Chief William McManus, SAPD. “Last year alone, we saw 144 people lose their lives on San Antonio roadways. Being able to stop these incidents before they happen is a priority we take seriously. Partnering with Vision Zero on this campaign will educate our officers about best practices for reporting on crashes and provide the community compelling information that can lead to a safer San Antonio.”

During their daily roll call, SAPD officers will view a video narrated by Chief McManus. The video provides statistics and encourages officers to be thorough in providing greater detail in their crash reports.

“The more detail we have in those crash reports, especially the contributing factors, is vital,” said Art Reinhardt, who oversees the Vision Zero initiative for the City of San Antonio. “We can take this information and identify patterns, which can help us make changes to the roads to improve safety and reduce injuries and fatalities.”

Officers will also be handing out pamphlets, prepared by Vision Zero, to people they see demonstrating unsafe behavior. An electronic version of the pamphlet can be accessed at www.visionzerosa.com.

“We all make mistakes, but there are steps each and every one of us can take to make our streets safer,” said District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales. “Through SAPD’s partnership, this campaign will allow us direct access to having conversations with people who are exercising poor judgment on the road. We can educate and encourage them to make safer decisions—because we want people to know that their decisions really do make a difference.”

The ultimate goal is to make San Antonio streets safer for people walking, biking, and driving. In 2015, San Antonio adopted Vision Zero, a plan designed to eliminate traffic fatalities and enhance transportation safety amidst community growth. The new sub-initiative, launched today, combines education, encouragement and enforcement, three of five pillars that San Antonio focuses on to achieve Vision Zero. The other pillars are engineering and evaluation.

Key points Vision Zero SA is sharing through this campaign:

  • Distracted driving is deadly – distracted driving accounts for almost 45% of crashes in San Antonio
  • Speed kills – increased speed heightens the odds of serious injuries and fatalities
  • A list of the most common crash types and how to avoid them
  • Tips for sharing the road
  • The importance of heightened awareness at intersections
  • Safety pointers for people walking, biking and driving

Stay up-to-date on Vision Zero San Antonio:

  • here
  • VisionZeroSA.com
  • #VisionZeroSA
  • Twitter: @SanAntonioTCI
  • Facebook: San Antonio TCI
  • YouTube: San Antonio TCI/li>
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San Antonio International Airport and Frontier Airlines celebrate new non-stop flights to 11 destinations

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SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 13, 2018) – Frontier Airlines, an ultra-low cost carrier announced in May it would be offering new non-stop flights to 11 destinations. Today, passengers at San Antonio International Airport were greeted with a special celebration to kick off those flights. The ribbon cutting marked the beginning of service to Orange County and this week, Frontier will also start flying to Jacksonville, Omaha, Charlotte, Tulsa, Cleveland, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Columbus and Salt Lake City.

“The new flights offer convenience and more options to both leisure and business travelers and also shows Frontiers commitment to San Antonio and our travelers,” said Tom Bartlett, Deputy Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio.

Today’s inaugural celebration brings the total number of non-stop destinations served from San Antonio International Airport to 54, with 25 of those destinations served by Frontier Airlines.

To book at a flight online or for more information, visit www.flyfrontier.com

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