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Economic Development

South TX INTL Airport

The South Texas International Airport at Edinburg is a 580-acre, user-fee airport, as designated by the U.S. Customs Service, as well as a Foreign Trade Zone. It is a notable asset to the City of Edinburg’s economic development and is poised to become significantly more important to the Rio Grande Valley and the Texas border region in the foreseeable future.

Based on this vast and open land characteristic and its adjacency to the hurricane evacuation route (Interstate 69C/US281 ), the airport has been designated as an evacuation hub for the Lower Gulf Coast and the Rio Grande Valley by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management and the State of Texas Military Forces. This designation emphasizes the importance of the airport in the event of natural disasters.

Airport Infrastructure

  • 15 hangars (100% leased)
  • 1 main hangar for large aircraft
  • 1 air cargo building
  • 1 terminal building
  • 24/7 self-serve aviation fuel pumps (lowest prices in deep South Texas)
  • 24/7 security
  • Courtesy city vehicle for crew transportation to and from Edinburg

Over the years, the number of general aviation landings and takeoffs
continue to increase, while corporate aircraft activity has remained virtually unchanged. Today, the greatest potential for increase remains in air cargo, charter flights, and border protection reconnaissance operations.

Owned and operated by the City of Edinburg, the South Texas International Airport has one northwest-southeast oriented runway with one full-length parallel taxiway, a helipad, a large General Aviation Apron, and twenty-one tie downs. There are sixteen hangar spaces and the terminal building consists of a large lobby, pilot’s lounge, meeting room, and office spaces. A 50,000 square foot air cargo building was completed in 2007 and a new customs facility opened in 2015.

Possible Incentives

  • Waiver of Permitting Fees
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Lease-Build Program
  • Job Creation
  • Tax Increment Financing
  • County Tax Reimbursement Grant
  • Freeport Tax Exemption
  • Enterprise Zone Tax Incentive
  • Texas Enterprise Fund
  • Texas Leverage Fund
  • Training Funds