Valley International Airport
|Valley International Airport|
|IATA: HRL – ICAO: KHRL – FAA LID: HRL|
|Owner||City of Harlingen|
|Elevation AMSL||36 ft / 11 m|
Valley International Airport (IATA: HRL, ICAO: KHRL, FAA LID: HRL) (Rio Grande Valley International Airport) is a city owned airport three miles northeast of Harlingen, in Cameron County, Texas. It is the second busiest airport in the Rio Grande Valley by passenger count.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 417,557 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 367,269 in 2009 and 373,438 in 2010.
After the airport's closure by the military in 1962, after a 1961 Budget Proposal by John F. Kennedy to close 70 Air bases stateside, it was turned over to the City of Harlingen, and converted to civil use as Valley International Airport after Hurricane Beulah flooded the original Harlingen civil airport (at ) in 1967.
Valley International Airport covers 2,428 acres (983 ha) at an elevation of 36 feet (11 m). It has three asphalt runways: 17R/35L is 8,301 by 150 feet (2,530 x 46 m); 13/31 is 7,257 by 150 feet (2,212 x 46 m); 17L/35R is 5,949 by 150 feet (1,813 x 46 m).
In 2011 the airport had 43,731 aircraft operations, averaging 119 per day: 36% general aviation, 34% military, 22% airline, and 8% air taxi. 32 aircraft were then based at the airport: 88% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, and 3% jet.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled passenger service:
|Delta Connection||Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Southwest Airlines||Austin, Houston-Hobby|
|5||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN||21,000||Delta, Sun Country|
|6||Bullhead City, AZ||1,000||Sun Country|
|7||San Antonio, TX||1,000||Southwest|
|8||St. Louis, MO||1,000||Southwest|
|9||New Orleans, LA||400||Southwest|
- The airport has seven gates. Delta operates at Gate 2, Southwest at Gates 5 and 6, and United at Gate 7.
- Valley International Airport is the home of Cameron County's first Starbucks (operated by HMSHost), located in the main terminal prior to the security check-point.
- The airport was among the first in the area to offer free Wi-Fi service.
- Quizno's is located on the concourse, along with The Paradies Shops, PSAir Pub, and Tropics Cafe.
- A parking lot shuttle and a shuttle to South Padre Island are available.
On April 2, 2012, a United Airlines, Flight 4128, made an emergency landing at Corpus Christi due to unknown reason when it suffered damage to its front landing gear and also experienced a flat tire. The flight originated in Harlingen and was heading to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. There were 37 passengers on board, and there were no injuries. The aircraft was an Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet operated by ExpressJet.
- Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) – Brownsville, Texas (20 miles)
- McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE) – McAllen, Texas (40 miles)
- FAA Airport Master Record for HRL ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in
- "RITA - Transtats". BTS. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- "United Flight 4128 Makes Emergency Landing In Corpus Christi Texas". The Florida News Journal. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Valley International Airport, official site
- Valley International (HRL) at Texas DOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of January 1995 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective February 4, 2016
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HRL, effective February 4, 2016
- Resources for this airport: