More private planes from Mexico flew into San Antonio in 2010 in the biggest jump since the city was authorized to clear immigration for international travelers, and this means cha ching for housing sales in the Alamo City. That’s why I am kissing this plane.
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, a 52 percent jump from 2009 and almost double the number from 2008.
San Antonio officials say 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 in the Alamo City, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
In 2008, San Antonio received permanent port of entry status from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so private aircraft from Mexico can clear customs in San Antonio rather than having to stop at another checkpoint in, say, Houston or Dallas..
The increase is good business news for San Antonio, and Jose Luis Garcia, the aviation department’s marketing manager, says this goes beyond shopping.
“They have second homes here or are looking to buy homes here,” said Garcia. “It’s a tremendous opportunity. We need to keep working on developing it because other cities are doing it too.”