Valley International Airport

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Valley International Airport
Valley International Airport TX 2006 USGS.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Harlingen
Serves Harlingen, Texas
Elevation AMSL 36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 26°13′38″N 097°39′18″W / 26.22722°N 97.65500°W / 26.22722; -97.65500Coordinates: 26°13′38″N 097°39′18″W / 26.22722°N 97.65500°W / 26.22722; -97.65500
HRL is located in Texas
Location in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17R/35L 8,301 2,530 Asphalt
13/31 7,257 2,212 Asphalt
17L/35R 5,949 1,813 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 36,616
Based aircraft 43

Valley International Airport (IATA: HRLICAO: KHRLFAA LID: HRL) (Rio Grande Valley International Airport) is a city owned airport three miles northeast of Harlingen, in Cameron County, Texas.[1] 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.[2] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 417,557 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 367,269 in 2009 and 373,438 in 2010.[4]


For military usage, see Harlingen Air Force Base.

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 26°12′22″N 97°45′14″W / 26.206°N 97.754°W / 26.206; -97.754) 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).[1]

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.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Southwest Airlines Austin, Houston-Hobby
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul[5]
United Express Houston-Intercontinental

Top destinations[edit]

Top domestic routes from HRL
(Aug 2015 – Jul 2016)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Houston-Hobby, TX 145,000 Southwest
2 Houston-Intercontinental, TX 49,000 United
3 Austin, TX 29,000 Southwest
4 Dallas-Love, TX 21,000 Southwest
5 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 6,000 Delta, Sun Country

Airport design[edit]

  • The airport has seven gates. Delta operates at Gate 2, Sun Country at Gate 4, 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.[citation needed]
  • The airport was among the first in the area to offer free Wi-Fi service.[citation needed]
  • 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.


Airline Destinations
DHL Aviation operated by ABX Air Cincinnati
DHL Aviation operated by Atlas Air Cincinnati
DHL Aviation operated by Southern Air Cincinnati
FedEx Express Memphis
Southwest Airlines Cargo Houston-Hobby
United Airlines Cargo Houston-Intercontinental


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.[7]

Area airports[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for HRL (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "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 |work= (help)
  3. ^ "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 |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
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  6. ^ "RITA - Transtats". BTS. Retrieved Feb 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "United Flight 4128 Makes Emergency Landing In Corpus Christi Texas". The Florida News Journal. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

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