More private flights from Mexico to San Antonio

The Houston Chronicle, 2/21/2011

More private planes from Mexico winged their way to San Antonio in 2010 in the biggest jump since the city was authorized to make the process simpler for international travelers.

Preliminary data from the city’s Aviation Department shows that almost 4,000 Mexican-owned private aircraft cleared customs at San Antonio International Airport last year. That’s a 52 percent jump from 2009 and almost double the number from 2008.

Officials believe the booming private air traffic is largely due to an increase in cross-border business and a rise in the number of people who own second homes, the San Antonio Express-News reported Monday.

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