A new terminal in the works for the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.
The existing terminal is to small for the projected growth and too small for agencies like Customs and Border Protection or Transportation security administration. Airport Director Bryant Walker tells us that regulations that are currently in place for agencies like CBP and the TSA did not exist when the airport was created.
“This building design was not intended to run the type of operations that we run now. If the airport wants to expand or attract, we absolutely have to expand…” says Walker.
A new terminal will be constructed directly in front of the existing terminal. Today construction crews working on phase one, construction of 2 new parking lots and expanding an existing one. The airport tells us work for these parking lots began about 45 days ago.
“Operations will continue completely unimpacted by any of the construction,” says Walker.
The entire project is expecting completion by 2020.