Of the Three RGV Airports, Only One of Seven Passengers Use the Brownsville/South Padre Island "International" Airport
|Pan Am Douglas DC-3 at Brownsville Airport, 1946|
|Airport Advisory Board, 8/23/2016|
|Airport Director Bryant Walker|
When board member Luis Cavazos hinted that the numbers might indicate a lack of marketing for the airport, newly hired Airport Director Bryant Walker responded: "These numbers show we have room to grow."
Board Secretary Chris Hughston theorized that "two thirds of the valley's population now lived in an area stretching from Weslaco to Mission." He neglected to mention that adjacent to Brownsville is the valley biggest tourist draw, South Padre Island.
When Cavazos noted that BISD and PUB administrators were flying out of Harlingen, not Brownsville, Marketing Director Michael Jones, a longtime valley newsman, explained that the State of Texas had a contract with Southwest Airlines, flying out of Harlingen.
Jones added: "Now that American has a contract with the state, we expect that BISD and PUB officials will start flying out of Brownsville."
Amelia's Cafe provides meals for airport customers as well as furnishes lunches for the members of the Airport Advisory Board.
The pace of the board seems to have quickened under Bryant Walker, hired as Airport Director this past May.
In his Director's Report, Walker stated that plans to build a new airport terminal are "on schedule."