Pan American Reopens In Brownsville

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 9:54am

It was a celebration in Brownsville as Pan American Airways announces they will reopen with flights to Latin America. The airway's originally opened in 1929 and this historic building opened in Brownsville in 1931.
Robert Hedrick is the airway's president.

"70 flights a month into and out of Latin America ending in Rio in support of the 2016 Olympic games."

Brownsville will be the site of their world headquarters beating out Houston. There will be two 727's and one 747 available to ship cargo to five different routes in Latin America including Panama, Ecuador, and Columbia. All the flights will end up in Rio. There will be quite a few of jobs coming to Valley with Pan American Airways opening..

"In the next three 3-5 years 957"

Hedrick says within the next six years with global expansion to Africa that number could rise to 1,900 employees.

"We are extremely excited it's been 4 years of planning and 18 months of infrastructure and we are ready to go operational."

Hedrick says the airways will start with cargo and they hope to add passenger flights in the future. Hendrick hopes to start flights early next year.

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