The San Antonio Airport Operations inspects, maintains, and ensures that SAT is operated as safely as possible and conforms to Federal FAA regulations (FAA Part 139) at all times. Our department is a combination of Supervisors, Agents, and Airfield Maintenance 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The OPS team is also a primary responder agency to emergencies on the airport including aircraft incidents.
The OPS Division is responsible for the Airport Operating Area (AOA) and provides Airside Driver Training on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Contact Mari Ramirez at 210.207.3540 to schedule a class. Please read over the Airport Driver’s Training Handbook before attending your class. This handbook was compiled from existing San Antonio City ordinances, and general Airfield practices. The intent of this handbook is to supplement information provided in the Airport Rules and Regulations, and comply with FAA Part 139.329 concerning the movement of ground vehicles on the airfield.
OPS also monitors the ramp areas for aircraft parking (West Ramp and South Ramp), if you need to park, please contact the Operations Supervisor on Duty at 210.207.3433
For any other Airport Operations Inquiries, please call 210.207.3433 and ask for the On-Duty Supervisor.
San Antonio Airport Police Mission
It is the mission of the San Antonio International Airport Police Department to enhance the safety of that community of citizens who travel through the airport by a commitment to excellence in the professional and courteous delivery of police and security services while operating under the framework of the United States Constitution, through the reduction of fear and the preservation of human life while enforcing relevant statutes and regulations.
The San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is the primary airport serving the San Antonio metropolitan area and the 7th largest city in the United States of America. If you are a licensed police officer committed to providing safety and excellent customer service to the community and citizens who travel through the airport, then this is the position for you. We offer excellent training, great pay and benefits, and ample opportunities for advancement.
Airport Security Operations consists of Airport Security Supervisors, Airport Security Officers and Contract Security Officers providing uniformed patrol and alarm response to the airport 24 hours a day.
The division controls entry and exit into the Concourses, Airfield Operations Area, and Secured Areas of the Airport, provides assistance to uniformed Airport Police and Airport Fire and Rescue personnel, and manages the airport lost and found program.
Security Compliance performs as the liaison between the Airport and Fixed Base Operators and Tenants to ensure they are compliant with Airport Rules and Regulations and the Airport Security Program.
The Security Compliance Unit ensures San Antonio International Airport remains in compliance with Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1542, the Airport Security Program, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Directives.
The division also manages the Security Violation Program and Progressive Security Enforcement Fee Program.
The Security Systems section is responsible for maintaining and ensuring the following systems and/or server-based applications are operational: Automated Access Control; Closed Circuit Television Video Surveillance; Online SAT Badge Application; Authorized Signatory program; and Computer Based Training (SIDA and Authorized Signatory).
The Operations Control Center (OCC) functions as the primary call center and information center for airport functions.
The OCC provides dispatch operations for Airport Security, Law Enforcement, and Airport Rescue and Fire.
Additionally, the OCC operates the airport CCTV and AACS systems to ensure timely response and resolution to all alarm calls.
AP Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting
The San Antonio International Airport “Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting”(ARFF) team specializes in aircraft crash fire suppression, passenger rescue, and the ARFF team responds with two EMS Paramedic first responders for the airport.
All ARFF personnel are certified as Structural Firefighters, Aircraft Rescue Firefighters and EMT’s by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. This initial training includes topics required by the San Antonio Fire Department and the U. S. Federal Aviation Administration to include:
- Airport and aircraft familiarization.
- Aircraft cargo hazards.
- Emergency aircraft evacuation assistance.
- Application of different extinguishing agents.
- Adapting structural rescue and firefighting equipment to aircraft incidents. Rescue and firefighting personnel safety.
The ARFF Division provides a number of additional services to the airport community in addition to responding to aircraft emergencies, including:
- Quarterly inspections of all fuel storage facilities and fueling vehicles.
- Annual training for all fuel-handlers.
- Responding to all medical emergencies on airport property.
- Acting as first responders to all structural emergencies on airport property.
The team’s four Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting vehicles are equipped with different extinguishing agents such as: Aqueous Film Forming Foam, Halotron, and Purple K Dry chemical. These different agents allow ARFF personnel to respond to various types of aircraft and fuel fires to establish a safe escape path for passengers, crew members, or airport staff.
ARFF Coordinator – Captain James Bennett, 210.207.3474
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) / Drones
Operations also would like to extend our congratulations on the purchase or receipt of a new drone, before you fly please take a moment to read over the links below.
Know Before You Fly!
For the latest drone information, go to the FAA.gov website:
How do I register my UAS Online?
Registration is $5 and is valid for three years. Some things you’ll need before you get started:
- An email address
- Credit or Debit card
- Physical address and mailing address (if different from physical address)
- Once you receive a registration number, you must mark the registration number on all aircraft.