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San Antonio's nonstop flight to popular Mexican destination returns

San Antonio's nonstop flight to popular Mexican destination returns

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Southwest is adding a new nonstop from San Antonio. Southwest Airlines/Facebook

Many of us just wrapped up our summer vacations, but that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about spring break. In 2019, San Antonio travelers will have another vacation option when Southwest Airlines begins flying from Alamo City directly to one of Mexico's hottest destinations.

On August 30, Southwest announced the return of its nonstop flight from San Antonio International Airport to Cancun International Airport. Beginning March 9, 2019, the Texas-based airline will offer one departing and one return option on Saturdays. 

Clocking in at two hours and 30 minutes, the flight will depart SAT at 6:05 am landing in CUN at 8:35 am, giving travelers a full day of piña coladas, sightseeing, and beach time. The return trip lifts off from CUN at 3:55 pm, landing back in San Antonio at 6:50 pm. 

Southwest's returning service to SAT/CUN is the first round of news surrounding the popular airline's 2019 schedule — and it's no surprise that San Antonio was included in the expansion.

According to a news release, SAT serviced 933,290 passengers in the month of July, a whopping 10 percent increase over July 2017. Of those passengers, more than 50,000 were headed to international destinations like Cancun — an increase of 16 percent.

If SAT's skyward growth continues, the airport could potentially exceed 11 million passengers in 2018.