Harlingen International Airport to Receive $4.5 Million Investment

By Viviana Cervantes

South Texas

March 14, 2024

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States has announced a $4.5 million allocation for the construction of a new air traffic control tower at Harlingen International Airport in Texas. This funding is part of a larger $1 billion fund designated by the FAA in 2024 to enhance passenger experience, create jobs, and support local economies at airports nationwide.

Harlingen Airport will receive 25% of the new infrastructure funding, which will address current issues with the tower's foundations and construction base, according to FAA's official information.

In response to the recent developments, Orlando Campos, CEO of the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation (EDC), highlighted the airport's significant growth and its impact on the community. He emphasized the opening of two new direct routes to Chicago and Denver by American Airlines and United Airlines, which provide new opportunities for economic development and enhance connectivity for businesses in South Texas.

Campos stressed that the airport's growth signifies prosperity and readiness for new investments, positioning Harlingen as a hub for business travel and trade. He noted that the airport's ranking as the 75th busiest cargo airport in the U.S. underscores the city's potential for economic development and job creation.

Looking ahead, Campos mentioned plans for further growth at Harlingen Airport and hinted at developments at the Port of Harlingen in 2024, particularly focusing on enhancing rail connectivity to bolster the city's logistics sector and attract more investments.

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