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Old Posted Oct 7, 2014, 5:13 AM
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Mexico can be a key market if we can get a mexican carrier to use SAT as a US base to drive up the passenger load say going to JFK SEA LAS ect.
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Old Posted Oct 7, 2014, 4:14 PM
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Unfortunately the US laws concerning cabotage wont allow a foreign carrier to sell tickets on planes on a point to point basis within the US. Hence it would be against the law to buy a ticket from San Antonio to say New York City on Aeromexico. Growing international traffic from San Antonio, since it is a non-hub network, will have to be done on an organic O/D situation. There is plenty of traffic demand to Mexico, but unfortunately not too many other places outside the country.
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Unfortunately the US laws concerning cabotage wont allow a foreign carrier to sell tickets on planes on a point to point basis within the US. Hence it would be against the law to buy a ticket from San Antonio to say New York City on Aeromexico. Growing international traffic from San Antonio, since it is a non-hub network, will have to be done on an organic O/D situation. There is plenty of traffic demand to Mexico, but unfortunately not too many other places outside the country.
Moral of the story is travel, travel far, travel often! If we can encourage more San Antonians to travel to London, Germany, or Toronto, we can help nudge those passenger numbers in the right direction.

The issue that doesn't address is the leakage that's happening from SAT to AUS. Austin's better connectivity is leading locals to use their airport instead of ours, and I wonder how much of a snowball effect that's created/creating?
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Old Posted Oct 7, 2014, 9:49 PM
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S-au

Perhaps S-AU Intercontinental could be part of a 20-30 year plan? Between San Marcos and New Braunfels.

Might coincide nicely with a commuter line up 35.

I'm just spitballing here.
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Old Posted Oct 8, 2014, 5:09 PM
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The Brookings Institution already did that type of study about two years ago and you can see the results at the link below. There just isn't enough passenger demand to justify the service.

When you look at the numbers with Mexico, which is geographically closer, you can see why they've increased that service so much in the last few years.

I'm not sure what the industry standard really is, but the data seems to suggest you need about 25,000-35,000 passengers per year to begin to justify those longer routes. London was starting to get into that range, so maybe we can hope for seasonal service as a starter? Can anybody with more airline experience chime in?

You can change the metro by clicking on the blue text above the globe:
http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/aviation
Thanks for the link. i was trying to find something with that type of information.
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Old Posted Oct 8, 2014, 5:56 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but looks like London/UK has seen some substantial gains and looks to be the number 3 international destination.... Was it 30k where these European international destinations start seriously considering a new direct route? May not be too far off here if that's the case for SA getting a Europe direct...
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Not sure if this is the correct thread

I thought this would be of interest to some:

http://www.therivardreport.com/last-...ms-tract-sold/
A 43-acre land parcel at Oakwell Farms, one of the city’s most attractive undeveloped tracts inside Loop 410, has been sold by the Tobin Endowment to David Weekley Homes of Houston for development of a single family residential community set amid heritage oaks and expansive green space.

“We think this is the largest, privately owned tract inside 410, certainly in the northeast quadrant,” said J. Bruce Bugg Jr., chairman and trustee of the Tobin Endowment. “It’s going to be a mini master planned community, not unlike what Robert Tobin did with the other 450 acres.”
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2014, 10:04 PM
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SAN ANTONIO — The director of the National Security Agency said Thursday that San Antonio could expect as many as a 1,000 additional personnel working on the Defense of Department's ongoing cybersecurity mission over the next three years.

“San Antonio is very important to the future of cyber within the Department of Defense,” Adm. Michael Rogers, who's also commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, said during a Cybersecurity Summit hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “You are going to see a larger footprint coming to San Antonio.”

The DOD has quietly grown its cybersecurity mission in San Antonio, with the 24th Air Force at Port San Antonio responsible for safeguarding key components of DOD information networks.
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How did they get the Sony plant anyways? Did the government buy it from them or what?

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Tourism brings in $$$$

From MYSA.com:
The hospitality industry, which employs nearly 125,000 people, pumps an estimated $13.4 billion into the San Antonio economy each year, according to a new study.

That economic impact surpasses a record $12.2 billion set two years ago, the last time Trinity University professors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl analyzed the industry for a report commissioned by the San Antonio Area Tourism Council, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Hotel & Lodging Association.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business...4B-5834378.php
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The hospitality industry, which employs nearly 125,000 people, pumps an estimated $13.4 billion into the San Antonio economy each year, according to a new study.

That economic impact surpasses a record $12.2 billion set two years ago, the last time Trinity University professors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl analyzed the industry for a report commissioned by the San Antonio Area Tourism Council, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Hotel & Lodging Association.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business...4B-5834378.php

It's a nice number, but it's still only 4th or 5th in terms of the largest local industries.

Healthcare - $29 billion
Defense Industry - $28 billion
Manufacturing - $23 billion
Tourism - $13 billion
Tech - $8 billion officially in 2008, pre-NSA, Cyber command, Rackspace scale-up, and all the Canadian firms that came to town. Some estimates say $15 billion in 2013.
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That's a good thing

For the longest, hospitality was first or second to the military.

A diversified economy, strong in industries that survive recession well, should be, and has been for a few years now, San Antonio's calling card.
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Perhaps S-AU Intercontinental could be part of a 20-30 year plan? Between San Marcos and New Braunfels.

Might coincide nicely with a commuter line up 35.

I'm just spitballing here.
Actually, an Austin-San Antonio International Airport concept was floated around about 30 or so years ago.

It's not a bad idea. However, mass transit - namely high-speed rail - will be a must between the port and the respective city centers.

With the distances between the imagined port and CBD's of Austin and San Antonio, I do not think the Lone Star Rail concept will be fast (or frequent) enough.
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2014, 1:44 AM
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The MYSA.com website made a slideshow of the 20 wealthiest neighborhoods within Greater San Antonio. I thought it was neat enough to share here.

This slideshow feature stems from the fact that the luxury market in San Antonio is really hot right now.


19 (tie). [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?es_sm=122&q=summerglen+san+antonio&oq=Summerglen+sa&gs_l=serp.1.0.0j0i22i30l9.1539.3761.0.4474.3.3.0.0.0.0.123.318.2j1.3.0....0...1c.1.55.serp..0.3.316.dRbzWOaEqrk]Summerglen[/LINK], San Antonio.



19 (tie). [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Inverness%2C+San+Antonio&oq=Inverness%2C+San+Antonio&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8]Inverness[/LINK], San Antonio.



18. [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Cibolo+Canyons%2C+San+Antonio&oq=Cibolo+Canyons%2C+San+Antonio&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8]Cibolo Canyons[/LINK], San Antonio.



17. Lincoln Heights, San Antonio.



15 (tie). Huntington, Shavano Park.



15 (tie).[LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Shavano+Park&oq=Shavano+Park&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i59&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8] Shavano Creek[/LINK], Shavano Park.



14. [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Estancia+at+Thunder+Valley&oq=Estancia+at+Thunder+Valley&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8]Estancia at Thunder Valley[/LINK], Boerne.



13. [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Greystone,+San+Antonio&es_sm=122&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=mQM-VIySBMKXyASj_YDoBA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAw&biw=1600&bih=809]Greystone[/LINK], San Antonio.



12.[LINK=https://www.google.com/search?es_sm=122&q=monte+vista+san+antonio&oq=Monte+Vista+&gs_l=serp.1.0.0l9.2740.2740.0.3574.1.1.0.0.0.0.102.102.0j1.1.0....0...1c.1.55.serp..0.1.101.Jms9XNTN3x4] Monte Vista[/LINK], San Antonio.



[LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Hill+Country+Village&oq=Hill+Country+Village&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8]11. Hill Country Village[/LINK], Hill Country Village.



9 (tie). [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Champions+Ridge%2C+San+Antonio&oq=Champions+Ridge%2C+San+Antonio&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8]Champions Ridge[/LINK], San Antonio.



9 (tie). [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Shavano+Park&oq=Shavano+Park&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i59&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8]Shavano Park[/LINK], Shavano Park.



8. [LINK=https://www.google.com/search?es_sm=122&biw=1600&bih=809&q=Waterford+Heights&oq=Waterford+Heights&gs_l=serp.3..0l9.2125.2450.0.2660.3.3.0.0.0.0.117.308.2j1.3.0....0...1c.1.55.serp..0.3.306.czCyfKqRARw]Waterford Heights[/LINK], San Antonio.



7. Anaqua Springs Ranch, Boerne.




6. Olmos Park.



[LINK=https://www.google.com/search?q=Cordillera+Ranch%2C+Boerne.&oq=Cordillera+Ranch%2C+Boerne.&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8]5. Cordillera Ranch[/LINK], Boerne.



4. Bentley Manor, Shavano Park.



3. Alamo Heights.



2. Terrell Hills.



1. The Dominion, San Antonio.
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Cool pics

Which one's yours?
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San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman has confirmed that a group of potential Japanese investors could acquire a stake in the North American Soccer League franchise with the intent of working to help secure a Major League Soccer team for the Alamo City.

Hartman would not identify the group, but he did tell me they are "very sincere and serious" in there interest in boosting San Antonio soccer and his nonprofit Soccer for a Cause program, which receives a portion of the Scorpions' proceeds.

Hartman said the potential investors reached out to him and have already visited San Antonio multiple times. Members of the group are expected to be in San Antonio early next week to meet with local officials.
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SAN ANTONIO'S FIRST 100 MILLION DOLLAR TOWER SALE LOOMING



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A pending contract for the sale of Bank of America Plaza will set a new record for the price of a downtown office tower in San Antonio, with the Houston buyers reportedly paying more than $100 million.

Bank of America Plaza, located at 300 Convent St., is the city’s sixth tallest building at 28 stories and largest Class A office space with 533,171 sq. ft. It opened in 1984 as Interfirst Bank Plaza. Tenants include the Bank of America, OCI Solar, and some of the city’s most prominent law firms, including Aiken Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Norton Rose Fulbright; and Martin & Drought.

At nearly $200 per sq. ft., the unconfirmed price cited by local commercial real estate brokers who are not part of the transaction, the building would be valued at more than $100 million, far and away the highest price ever paid for a downtown office tower in San Antonio.
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A group of Japanese investors will meet with San Antonio city officials today to discuss investing in a Major League Soccer team in San Antonio, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

The investors will discuss the possibility of purchasing or paying for a proposed expansion of Toyota Field, which is located on the city's far north side and is noW home to the San Antonio Scorpions, a minor league franchise which helps provide a revenue stream to the Morgan’s Wonderland theme park for the disabled, which is located next door. The Scorpions, the stadium, and the theme park are owned by Gordon Hartman.

"To do this, they would be investing over $100 million," Hartman told Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board. "They are looking for the city to help in some fashion, maybe on the stadium purchase."

Major League Soccer is in the process of expanding in the U.S., but San Antonio is said to be well down the list of potential expansion sites. An investment of this scale could vastly enhance the city's fortunes.

"There is a potential window of opportunity here to move this to the next level," Hartman said. "I think that is exciting."

The move by the Japanese investors comes at a time when the city is juggling a lot of sports possibilities. The Oakland Raiders are still in play, although that is considered a longer shot for San Antonio than attracting an MLS franchise. The city has also submitted bids for future men's NCAA Final Four basketball tournaments.

Hartman says the soccer venture would involve a lot of involvement from the Japanese, who would be far more than silent partners.

"One of the gentlemen who is part of this group is a very well known soccer player worldwide," Hartman said. "He would be very much involved in what is done here in San Antonio."
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To clarify, $100M would be the cost (outside of stadium renovations) to move the team from the current NASL to MLS.

There is a buy-in figure to join the league (NYCFC recently paid $100M) and considerable additional operating costs and infrastructure (hiring, etc) that are required to make that move.

As it pertains to the stadium, they are asking the city to buy the stadium and pay for the expansion. The Japanese group would then lease the stadium (hoping for the typical sweetheart deal) in order to operate the MLS-level club.
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To clarify, $100M would be the cost (outside of stadium renovations) to move the team from the current NASL to MLS.

There is a buy-in figure to join the league (NYCFC recently paid $100M) and considerable additional operating costs and infrastructure (hiring, etc) that are required to make that move.

As it pertains to the stadium, they are asking the city to buy the stadium and pay for the expansion. The Japanese group would then lease the stadium (hoping for the typical sweetheart deal) in order to operate the MLS-level club.
The group wants the city to buy the stadium, not pay for the expansion. Also, Hartman is valuing the stadium at $30 million, not the group.
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