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Long lines at SA airport as Seventh-day Adventist conference ends

Conference brought an estimated 70,000 people to Alamo City

SAN ANTONIO – There are long lines Sunday at the San Antonio International Airport as some of the estimated 70,000 people in town for the Seventh-day Adventist Church General Convention Session head home.

The conference wrapped up Sunday after worshipers flocked to the Alamo City since its start on July 2.

"If they are not prepared, this will be the scenario, which we are experiencing. They need to open more counters because it is extraordinary," said visitor Alex Ponniah.

The crowd was made up of people from all over the world.

"Lovely event. It was just such a blessing from God. We had people from all over the world. The lectures were great. I had an opportunity to share with folks. (It was) just a real blessing," said Barbara Shaw, who was flying back home to Orlando, Florida.

For many, Sunday's departure from San Antonio was just the beginning of a long trip home.

"We will go to Houston, and from Houston to Germany, and from Germany to Romania, back to our homes," said traveler Bianca Aelenei.

According to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, the economic impact brought to the city by the conference is estimated at over $40 million.

Airport officials ask travelers to arrive two hours before their scheduled flight and to expect longer than normal lines starting Sunday and lasting through Wednesday.