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Aerospace / Aviation

San Antonio’s aerospace industry includes a range of businesses that manufacture aircraft equipment and parts, service and repair aircraft, produce and distribute transportation equipment and supplies, provide both scheduled and unscheduled air transportation, and operate flight schools.

Industry Highlights

  • The local aerospace industry has grown by over 400% in the last 25 years.
  • Over 13,000 San Antonio employees work in the combined aerospace-related maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO), manufacturing, military, and air transportation services industry.
  • Jobs in the aerospace industry are among the best paying in the area. According to a SWOT analysis by Deloitte, the average wage for aerospace employees is $59,801.
  • San Antonio also boasts the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy program, which works in close partnership with industry, and serves as a national model for developing a pipeline between local high school students and aerospace employers. The Aerospace Academy offers both classroom instruction and real-world experience through full-time paid internships provided by industry partners. Upon finishing high school, graduates of the program are ready to launch their careers with area aerospace firms, and are well on their way toward qualifying for their Federal Aviation Administration Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics’ certificates.

The San Antonio area has a number of dynamic aerospace companies, which are primarily concentrated at and around the following locations:

  • Port San Antonio  is a 1,900-acre platform for aerospace, heavy industrial and international logistics. The site features an industrial airport, Kelly Field (SKF), with the region’s largest runway. The Port also operates an adjacent 350-acre railport, East Kelly Railport, directly accessible by cargoes that travel on Union Pacific and BNSF Railway trains. Aerospace and aviation companies represent several of the Port’s anchor tenants, including marquee names like Boeing, Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions, Chromalloy, GDC Technics, SAFRAN and Standard Aero. These Port customers operate within more than 3.5 million square feet of highly specialized facilities, including hangars that accommodate multiple wide-bodied aircraft, workshops and an array of engine test cells. The Port’s fixed-base operator, Atlantic Aviation, supports private, cargo, charter, commercial and military aircraft. The Port also offers 400 acres at Kelly Field for the construction of future hangars and workshops–one of the few sites in Texas that can support large-scale aerospace projects requiring runway access.
  • San Antonio International Airport (SAT), besides providing commercial airline service for the South Texas region, is a major economic generator for the region, supporting over 97,500 regional jobs and providing nearly $1.6 billion in annual earnings for workers and proprietors. The airport has four fixed-base operators (FBOs) and companies that provide a breadth of offerings to include worldwide logistics support and maintenance for a variety of commercial and military aircraft. The airport’s largest direct industry employer is VT San Antonio Aerospace, which has 1,200 workers performing the highest-quality MRO services for cargo operators and commercial airlines within a 50-acre site that has more than 700,000 square feet of work space.

Aerospace and Aviation Companies in San Antonio MSA