Air Service Studies

Del Rio, Texas Air Service Improvement Study: 2004

Del Rio, Texas has not had scheduled airline service for more than 5 years. During this time, significant economic development has occurred in the area, including major manufacturing maquiladoras across the border in Mexico, local service industries, and the military at Laughlin AFB. In determining air service potential, an aviation consultant, R.A. Wiedemann & Associates, Inc., was retained to work for the City of Del Rio in a potential two-Phase project. The purpose of the first phase was to determine if there was sufficient demand in the Del Rio area to warrant scheduled air service. The feasibility of such service was determined in general terms such as potential aircraft sizes, flight frequencies, and aircraft load factors. This first phase indicated potential feasibility, and thus, a second phase was undertaken. The second phase of the study examined potential air carriers and commuter airlines, gateway hubs, and route structures. Airlines indicating an interest in serving the Del Rio area were solicited and visits were made with presentations of the findings of the study. Important in the overall study effort will be the development of incentives for airlines to serve the Del Rio region. In the spring of 2005, airline service to Del Rio was initiated by Continental Express.

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