Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2112 times:
I have always thought that the cities served by XNA (Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale, etc.) were very smart and forward-looking when they built a single airport that served all the cities in the region. Granted, Wal-Mart is a big part of this, but by combining their resources, these cities now have nonstops to Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.
I've long been an advocate of this type of airport-sharing. I think the cities of Tyler and Longview could have done well with a joint airport, but now that there's a new terminal at TYR, this won't happen. The same is true for Wichita Falls, TX and Lawton, OK, but this is also unlikely.
However, does anyone think that there is a chance that the cities of the Rio Grande Valley would ever pool their resources to build a larger airport that could be used by McAllen, Harlingen, and Brownsville? True, the Valley is a sprawling area, and is currently served by three airports (MFE, HRL, and BRO). However, BRO's only service is on CoEx (to IAH), while HRL has CoEx (to IAH), WN (to HOU, AUS, and SAT), and Sun Country (to MSP). MFE has AA (to DFW), CoEx (to IAH and MEX), and NWAirlink (to MEM).
Combining these cities could potentially justify service to ORD, ATL, and many other destinations. Does anyone think it could happen, or is the current airport system too ingrained in the region?
KANEBEAR From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
MFE has a LOT more service than HRL does and is unique in South Texas in that it retained mainline service from the majors. Take WN out of HRL and you take away the vast majority of traffic. IMO it would make sense to have one unified facility for the valley placed equidistant to HRL, BRO and MFE and would allow for better frequency. Will it happen? I think we'll sooner see MEX-CRP service (E.G. snowball's chance in hell).