Rep. Henry Cuellar helps unveil $26.5 million worth of improvements to McAllen International Airport
Federal, city partnership to provide better services to passengers
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) on Tuesday helped unveil improvements made to the McAllen International Airport that were part of a $26.5 million partnership between the federal government and the City of McAllen.
With the funds, more than 55,000 square feet were added to the existing 45,000 square-foot facility. This brings the total square footage to more than 100,000. This expansion also will alleviate the overcrowding at the post-security seating area.
“Anyone who has used the airport in the summer knows how crowded it gets,” said Congressman Cuellar. “And with summer right around the corner, these improvements could not have come at a better time. I thank Mayor Darling, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and the City of McAllen Council for their help in this combined effort. These improvements will allow the McAllen International Airport to continue adding aviation services for this rapidly-growing region.”
Also built was a terminal gate to increase the airport’s passenger capacity and a building to house the Checked Baggage Inspection System. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Passenger Screening Area was also expanded with room for additional screening lanes and new amenities were added to increase customer satisfaction and comfort.
“The modernization of the airport accomplishes three major objectives,” said Congressman Cuellar. “It will facilitate better travel for passengers; it will increase capacity of passengers; and above all, it will provide better security for all travelers.”
“The McAllen International Airport is a key component for economic development and logistics in the Rio Grande Valley,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “The new expansion also makes it one of the nicest facilities you’ll see in the state. I’m proud to have such a fantastic airport in our city where we catch direct flights every day to cities like Houston, DFW, Mexico City and Las Vegas.”
“We could not be more proud to offer such a great facility to all of our McAllen, regional and international passengers,” said McAllen Aviation Director Elizabeth Suarez. “The facility’s growth will not only allow the airport to continue providing great customer service to our current users, but it allow us to attract new passengers and become a key tool for attracting new air service development opportunities.”
Of the total amount invested in the expansion and renovations, $12.4 million were federal grants provided by the Federal Aviation Administration and the TSA. The City of McAllen contributed the remaining $14.1 million.