WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the City of Brownsville $1,614,351 to enhance the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. 

Federal funds will be used to replace two existing passenger boarding bridges. A portion of these funds have been allocated from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020, which included provisions to alleviate any financial burden airports incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The City of Brownsville has made huge strides toward the completion of the new and improved Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport,” said Congressman Vela. “This grant will support their continued enhancements to the airport and allow for improved and comfortable experiences for those traveling to and from South Texas. I am proud to have offered my  support for this project and will continue to work with our federal and local entities to ensure the completion of these upgrades.”