McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) announced the McAllen-Miller International Airport was awarded a Small Community Air Service Development grant of $750,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The purpose of the Small Community Air Service Development Grant program is to provide funding support to help small airports, such as McAllen, attract air service to locations not being served by other airlines at this time.
Director of Aviation, Phil Brown, said “This is great news for McAllen! Air Service is vital to the economic development of McAllen; new air service will open many more travel opportunities for our citizens.”
Award of the grant does not guarantee that an airline will initiate service to McAllen, but it does mean that the airport has the ability to provide incentives to airlines. McAllen applied to the Department of Transportation in July of this year and was one of 59 grant applications submitted.