Category Archives: Transportation & Travel

Sun Country Adds Non-Stop to Cancun

Sun Country

Sun Country Airlines will begin nonstop service to Cancun from Valley International Airport beginning June 1. The new flight will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. “With more folks eager to resume leisure travel, we’re excited to be able to offer them another option to get away this summer to enjoy the beaches of Cancun,” said Sun Country Airlines Chief Revenue Officer Grant Whitney. “We know there is pent-up…

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Brownsville Airport Executive Named Top 40 Under 40

Francisco Partida

Francisco Partida is one of Airport Business magazine’s 2021 Top 40 Under 40. The interim assistant director of aviation for Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is the only aviation executive in Texas to receive this honor. Airport Business magazine is a leading national aviation industry magazine. Its Top 40 Under 40 recognizes both the top talent and leading thinkers in the aviation industry. Airport Business Magazine staff vets candidates…

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STC and Trancasa To Roll Out New CDL Program

South Texas College, in partnership with international ground transportation leader Trancasa, has set in motion a new commercial driver’s license program that will address a growing demand for drivers in the industry. “This is a classic example of South Texas College reskilling and upskilling through education and training to meet regional and local labor demands,” said South Texas College president Dr. Ricardo J. Solis who brokered the partnership with Trancasa.…

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McAllen Airport Now Offers Free SPI Shuttle

McAllen International Airport is now offering MFE Destination Connect. The free, luxury shuttle service brings MFE travelers to their next destination in South Padre Island. This new partnership between the airport and SPI creates new connectivity which allows travelers to experience both destinations while visiting. McAllen International Airport currently welcomes travelers from nine nonstop destinations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.  This pilot shuttle service program operates on Thursdays, Fridays and…

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Southwest Adds More Capacity at VIA

(photo Southwest Airlines)

Effective March 10, 2022, Southwest Airlines plans to offer more flights from Valley International Airport. Two non-stops between Austin and Harlingen will offer same-day round-trip opportunities for customers. Southwest will also operate a daily nonstop between Dallas/Love and Harlingen. Additionally, the carrier plans to operate four daily flights between Houston/Hobby and Harlingen daily except on Saturdays when they will operate three flights.  “These new flights will offer even greater connecting opportunities for…

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BRO Passes FAA Annual Certification Inspection

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport recently passed the Federal Aviation Administration Part 139-Certification Inspection with no discrepancies. Commercial Service Airports like BRO undergo an  intense, three-day long certification and compliance inspection by the FAA annually. This inspection is to ensure airports are following national safety standards.  Included in a FAA Part 139 – Certification and Operations Inspection is a review of:  Airport rescue/firefighting equipment, training and response times. Airport Emergency…

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Interchange Getting $300-Million Makeover

The girders and concrete pillars form a trail of construction at FM 495 in Pharr and head toward what is the Rio Grande Valley’s largest highway construction project since the region saw its first convergence of freeways in the 1990s. The project of three decades ago would be called the Pharr Interchange. The highways in the early 1990s, known as U.S. Highway 281 and Expressway 77/83, are now I-69C and…

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McAllen A Part of New Emirates-Aeromar Partnership


Emirates and Aeromar are now in an interline partnership which will provide seamless connectivity for customers between destinations in Mexico and United States via Mexico City to Emirates’ global network. The agreement covers Aeromar’s destinations in McAllen and Laredo. Through this interline partnership, customers are now able to  book tickets to fly to and from 12 destinations in Mexico and the United States covered by the interline agreement via Mexico…

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MFE Receives $15.6-Million FAA Grant

The McAllen International Airport is the recipient of a $15,679,241 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. This grant comes from supplemental funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019. McAllen International Airport intends to use this federal funding to improve drainage and erosion control for the airport and its surrounding facilities. Funding will complete phase seven of eight to enclose open drainage canals that attract wildlife on the airfield to…

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Progreso Bridge Improvements Expand Markets

The Progreso International Bridge is expecting to double its commercial truck traffic with a $20 million investment to improve roadways and facilities.

A bridge known more as a crossing for tourists to buy Mexican curios and medications at border pharmacies is gearing up to become more of a player in commercial and industrial traffic. The Progreso International Bridge is making a $20-million investment to double the capacity of its commercial lanes on the east side of the main span. It will also be modernizing facilities and developing its industrial park. The Progreso…

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