Brownsville airport unveiling new terminal

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport’s new terminal. Courtesy photo.

Special to the PRESS

After over 5 years of planning, funding, and construction, the new terminal at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is ready to debut. 

The unveiling ceremony is open to the public online and will begin at 6 pm December 11, streaming live at, rain or shine. Also, Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is also conducting a registration for up to 200 parking passes, so people can take their family to this event in- person. In-person guests will park drive-in theatre style and enjoy the show from their car. For a chance to win a free parking pass go to (Social distancing and masks will be required. See rules for complete details.)

The evening event will include an unveiling ceremony, music, speakers, fireworks, and a virtual tour of the inside of the new terminal. 

“This has been a long time in the making,” said Bryant Walker, Assistant City Manager and Airport Director. “From planning, design, and research, to funding, bidding, and construction, the day is finally arriving when we will unveil the new terminal to the citizens of Brownsville.”

The 91,000 square foot facility is state of the art with unique features never before featured in an airport terminal. Its glass front is designed with SageGlass that dynamically changes tint in response to the sun to maintain enhanced viewing comfort. Airport personnel can manage the amount of light and adjust the glass at will to create a more efficient and comfortable environment in the terminal.

The terminal layout is modular, which will allow for future expansion with less traffic disruption and reduced expansion cost. Additionally, the layout enhances and simplifies the security experience with a strategically designed floor plan. 

“There are so many people to thank that made this project possible,” Walker continued. “From Congressman Vela, the FAA, our mayor and city commission, the airport board, city and airport staff, architects, engineers, construction companies and crews– without them all we could not be unveiling this beautiful new terminal.”

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport, designated as BRO, is an international airport with a U.S. Custom and Border Protection facility in the terminal, allowing passengers to reenter the country smoothly. The facility also offers a TSA PreCheck® lane, making travel more convenient. 

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