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March 24th, 2014back


2014 marks third consecutive year for VIA to receive flawless marks

(March 24, 2014) HARLINGEN, Texas – For the third consecutive year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a perfect safety score to Valley International Airport (VIA) for its latest Part 139 annual FAA inspection. During the annual inspection, various aspects of VIA’s operations were meticulously assessed to ensure overall safety, including: the Airport Certification Manual, inspection records, training records, maintenance records, aircraft rescue and fire fighting facilities, equipment, lighting, signage, markings, pavements, and more. The rigorous inspection was accomplished over the course of three days. It also required meetings between FAA inspectors and airport staff from several departments.

 “It is not very common for an airport to obtain a perfect score due to the meticulous nature of these inspections covering so many different departments, equipment, procedures and documents,” Valley International Airport Aviation Director Michael Browning said. “I credit this accomplishment to the dedication, professionalism and exemplary team spirit at Valley International Airport.”

“Acing the annual inspection three consecutive years instills confidence among pilots, controllers, employees and passengers that the Harlingen Airport Board is firmly committed to safety and continuous improvement,” Browning added.

About Valley International Airport

Valley International is the largest airport in South Texas. Nearly 700,000 passengers and visitors walk through our terminal annually. Southwest Airlines offers nonstop service from Harlingen to Austin, Dallas/Love, Houston/Hobby, and San Antonio. United Express offers nonstop service to Houston Intercontinental. Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines offers nonstop seasonal service to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Allegiant Airlines and Sun Country offer casino charters year round. Air cargo is serviced by a wide-body fleet from FedEx and DHL. The airport offers many features; among them, door-to-door shuttle service to South Padre Island, free Wi-Fi and a complementary frequent flyer lounge. More information is available at and