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Congressman Will Hurd

Representing the 23rd District of Texas

Commercial Flights to Del Rio Back in the Air

May 2, 2017
Press Release
Result of two-year effort by Hurd and local leaders

Del Rio, TX- Commercial flights in Del Rio are taking off again. Yesterday, U.S. Representative Will Hurd celebrated the return of commercial airline service to Del Rio International Airport by taking the first flight, on what will be weekly air service, from Del Rio to Dallas on Texas Sky Airline.

Today’s flight was the culmination of two years of hard work alongside local leadership to get commercial flights back to Del Rio. “When the City first came to my office requesting help to restore commercial airline service in Del Rio, we knew we had our work cut out for us. We appealed to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to prevent the removal of their personnel and equipment.  Ultimately, it took an actual act of Congress to make this a reality. Partnering with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, we introduced the TSA Fairness Act to make sure that small airports like the one in Del Rio are treated fairly. Without the proper security, commercial airlines could not service the airport,” said Hurd.

This legislation passed the House unanimously. Several days after passage of the bill, TSA agreed to reestablish screening at Del Rio International Airport. Hurd’s office continued to work closely with the City of Del Rio to attract an airline and make commercial flight service a reality. “I am proud to work with the community on a project that will have tremendous economic, social, and safety benefits for Del Rio,” added Hurd.

“The City of Del Rio is eternally grateful to Congressman Hurd for his efforts in assisting our city to restore air service to our community.  We truly believe that the new air service will mark a new era of growth and economic development in Del Rio!" said Del Rio Mayor Robert Garza.

“The new Texas Sky airline service to the Del Rio Market is going to be instrumental in the growth of our industrial and business sector,” said Blanca Larson, President of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce. “Without the collaboration and support of Congressman Hurd as well as congressional support, the project would not have come into fruition.”

With the third largest lake in Texas, endless hiking trails and prehistoric cave art, Del Rio is a great destination for families. Beginning May 1, flights from DFW to Del Rio will be now be available six days a week, saving our military members, business travelers, and tourists hours of drive time.