Brownsville/SPI International Airport Business Booming During Spring Break

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POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 3:13pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 1:15pm

South Padre Island is one of the country's top spring break destinations.
Thousands of college students annually flock to the Island to enjoy a week off from school.
Many of them fly in and out the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.
Kristen Barton from Valparaiso University is prepared to fly back home today after a week on the South Padre beaches.

"It was fun it was wild, I have been to Panama, it was kind of the same thing." Said Barton.

Michael Jones with the Brownsville South Padre International Airport says the flights coming in and out have been full and it's been great for the airlines.

"As far as the airline passenger it’s been very strong, we feel our marketing, our outreach to where we know spring breakers are coming and bringing in new markets has been very successful." said Jones.

While the airport says business has been booming for them, taxi drivers say it's been slow.

We talked with one Brownsville taxi driver who did not want to appear on camera.

"Business for the spring break, there is no business." said the Taxi driver.

This taxi driver says the combination of a struggling economy and the airport offering a $1 shuttle to the Island has killed their business.
This taxi driver says he needs these fares to feed his family and he's not getting many passengers or tips.

"The taxi drivers, two trips a day, and sometimes one, and the big thing is that little shuttle."

This weekend Texas week wraps up and next week Oklahoma schools will be down for spring break.
The airport says it looks forward to bringing in more big bucks, but the taxi drivers are not so optimistic.

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