City honoring the founder of Southwest Airlines

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HARLINGEN, Texas – The City of Harlingen is unveiling a new mural honoring the founder of southwest airlines.

In 1975 Herb Kelleher brought Southwest Airlines to the city of Harlingen. It made Valley International Airport, Southwest Airline’s fourth destination. Kelleher passed away last year, leaving behind the legacy he created with his airlines.

City leaders want to keep his memory alive and honor what he’s done for the city of Harlingen.

“Herb stepped in at a time when Harlingen, in particular needed some help,” said Brad Hawkins, airline spokesman. “Jobs were disappearing, the economy was changing. Southwest took a gamble on Harlingen, but Harlingen took a gamble with Southwest and we’ll never forget that.”

The mayor of Harlingen says he is thankful for Herb Kelleher’s vision of low cost and reliable air services. The mayor also hopes the mural will pay tribute and honor everything he has done. The mural can now be seen at the Lozano Plaza in downtown Harlingen.

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