San Antonio International Ariport's Terminal A set for $35 million facelift

18-month project starts this week


SAN ANTONIO – Built in 1984, then renovated in the mid-1990s, Terminal A at the San Antonio International Airport is about to undergo a $35 million facelift.

Rich Johnson, airport spokesman, said the 18-month project will begin this week.

To lessen any inconvenience to its air travelers, Johnson said the work will be done in stages, mostly at night. 

"We're going to have new seating, flooring, wall coverings, as well as gutting and renovating our restrooms," Johnson said.

He said currently those restrooms are not in use.

Much of the work will be the area beyond the security checkpoint, Johnson said.

Passengers there will find several new eateries, from the trendy LaGloria restaurant to a fruteria and an "ice house" serving local beers and spirits.

He said the overall idea is to make Terminal A more like its newer neighbor, Terminal B, which opened in 2010.

Johnson said the major renovation will not use local tax dollars, but rather other sources such as airport user fees and rents.