McAllen airport becomes busiest in South Texas


McAllen airport becomes busiest in South Texas

The McAllen International Airport had a good month in May with 34,371 boardings, making the month the busiest May in seven years and the airport the busiest South Texas airport so far this year.

Total boardings (enplanements) through May 2014 were up to the highest point in six years with 152,497 passengers departing from McAllen. Including deplanements, the McAllen airport saw nearly 68,000 passengers go through its doors in May.

“McAllen and the region are bouncing back from the recession years in a big way, and the uptick in our airport numbers are a great indication of that,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.

Contributing to the growth are passenger increases via American Airlines, Allegiant and Aeromar. American offers direct flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport five times daily, Allegiant offers flights to Las Vegas year round and to Los Angeles and Orlando on a seasonal basis, and Aeromar provides service to Mexico City and San Luis Potosi several times a week. In addition, United offers eight daily departures to Houston.

“With the addition of seasonal non-stop service to Los Angeles and to Orlando, we look forward to reporting even greater passenger growth in the upcoming summer months,” said Airport Director Elizabeth Suarez.