Valley Airport Seeks Payment from Air Show Organizers
BROWNSVILLE – Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport officials are asking organizers for an air show to pay rent or move out.
Airport director Bryant Walker said the Air Fiesta hasn’t produced any revenue for the airport or the city in the past three years.
Still, the airport and city have contributed about $86,000 in expenses for it each year. Walker said the figure does not include the hangar space and electricity they provide throughout the year at no cost to the Commemorative Air Force.
Walker said he asked the CAF to come up with a business plan to show how the air show would start generating revenue. He said instead, the CAF notified him they’d be relocating within the next six months.
Walker added once vacated, the hangar could be leased out to other businesses, which could generate up to $100,000 in revenue for the airport.