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San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is about eight miles north of downtown San Antonio. The large metropolitan airport has three runways servicing air carrier, air cargo, business and general aviation. SAT has class Charlie airspace associated with the airport as well as several military operations areas. High intensity glider activity can be found just 15  miles northwest of the airport on final for runway 13R. San Antonio tower does not have ground radar surveillance. This leads to increased complexity during periods of low visibility at the airport. Pilots need to be aware of the hot spot at the intersection of taxiway Golf and November and their proximity to runway 31L. This is a very busy and congested intersection. View a printable document of the SAT information found on this Web page.  

SAT From the Flight Deck (FTFD) Video Notes

  • Airport configuration consists of parallel RWYS 13R-31L and 13L-31R with intersecting RWY 04-22.
  • Commercial and Tenant Operations in all quadrants of the airport.
  • Hot Spot 1 – ATC will sometimes use RWY 4 to taxi departing aircraft for RWY 31L. When taxiing on RWY 04 make sure that you stop before the RWY 31L hold short line which is painted on RWY 04.  
  • Hot Spot 2 – Two major taxiways and two runways near the air carrier terminal make this a busy intersection. When cleared to taxi via G and N, pilots have missed the turn at N and taxied onto RWY 04-22.
  • Even though RWY 13L/31R is closed for construction indefinitely, Wrong Runway risk still remains with parallel RWYs that are staggered at both ends.  
  • RWY 13L-31R is a third of the size of RWY 13R-31L.
  • Pilots will see RWY 13R first.
  • Be cautious about transposing the numbers 1-3 and 3-1. 
  • TWR has no ground radar.  TWR may not see your aircraft during low visibility.  

Below find various SAT-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

SAT Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 210-805-5507
Open 0800L to 1600L – Monday through Friday

General Links

Here are some links to current FAA information.

Some Advisory Circulars for Reference 

Last updated: Thursday, August 3, 2023