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San Antonio Airport Adds An International Destination

Louisa Jonas
Texas Public Radio

Air Canada has begun a daily nonstop flight between San Antonio and Toronto. The first flight landed at San Antonio International Airport Monday afternoon.

Rus Handy is the Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. He says the flight to Toronto is important because it’s now the airport’s second international destination. Handy says until now, Mexico was the only one.  He also says he thinks the flight’s going to be a huge benefit to tourism.

“I spent the weekend in Toronto talking to Canadians about their interest, and obviously a lot of Canadians already come here for both business and tourism, but this will give them a very convenient way to get to San Antonio,” Handy says.

Eric Bordeleau is Director of Regional Airlines for Air Canada. He says San Antonians thinking of traveling to Toronto can experience four seasons, theatre, great food and a cosmopolitan city.  

Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.