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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Travel Coalition Reports that Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport At Risk of Losing Service Due to Fuel Costs

UPDATED: I've sent an e-mail to Michael Jones of the Brownsville airport. Upon visiting the site, it doesn't appear to be entirely legitimate as commenters to this blog have noted. Quien sobby.

Dear readers,

I received the below today. I'm attempting to independently verify. Still, sad news indeed.

-melissa

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I'm writing to you as the Chairman of the Business Travel Coalition, and this morning we released a report detailing the top 100 regional and top 50 large airports that will lose service because of increasing fuel costs. Many of these airports may lose service all together. 
 
Brownsville International is on the list. 
 
You can view the rankings and have your community take action at savemyairport.com.
 
Skyrocketing fuel prices have created a serious threat to the viability of the U.S. airline industry - and that threat has serious implications for cities of all sizes that rely on air travel for their own economic well-being, as well as local companies that need air service to do business. Studies indicate that at current fuel prices, one or more major airlines could be liquidated later this year, wiping out all their service to hundreds of cities overnight. 
 
Congress and the Administration must take action to address the fuel crisis in the near term, including, eliminating manipulation of commodities markets; strengthening the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies; and incentivizing producers to increase energy supplies, refining capacity and develop new environmentally responsible aviation fuels. Stabilizing the airline industry by tackling the country's fuel crisis must become a national policy priority. 
 
Please link to http://www.savemyairport.com -- and let's make sure that Brownsville doesn't lose air service. 
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 
 
Thanks, 
Kevin Mitchell 
Business Travel Coalition 

7 Comments:

Anonymous Rogelio Guevara said...

Besides Brownsville the list also includes
Harlingen
McAllen
Laredo
Corpus Cristi
That leaves us San Antonio and Houston as our closest US connection.
Is this site for real, or just some sort of "The sky is falling" pooh-pooh
What about Mexico?
Matamoros
Reynosa
Monterry

MZ, by the way, congrats on stepping up to bat, great work recently.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

MZ, if you go to their web page - they have representative spelled incorrectly. If you go to continental.com you can subscribe to their news releases - this is how I get the news as it happens.

Continental did not mention Brownsville in its last report.

I think this is a puff piece from a group thinking they can scare people into pressing congress to act on fuel.

No one has said more about our airport than me - but nothing coming from continental at this time indicates they intend to cut services any further. To be honest I do not see how they do not cut services. I have now cancelled three trips - even Southwest has gotten so expensive I refuse to pay. Continental out of Brownsville is only for the elite in our city -

I personally see cuts coming, but Continental says no.

Bobby WC

Wednesday, June 25, 2008  
Blogger Brownsville Barrister said...

I looked at the website. It looks like a group using scare tactics to try to raise membership. I didn't see any evidence that Brownsville was on the chopping block.

The airlines aren't really going to stop serving 150 airports. They'd raise prices way before they did that.

Of course, with rapidly increasing plane tickets, my Cirrus is becoming more and more affordable.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do we have three airports? There should just be ONE airport to service the entire valley that would have probably all the airlines we would need in addition to what's already here. This Friday night football mentality is the reason the Valley is always behind all other regions.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Thank you, Rogelio.

Thursday, June 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rogelio?

Thursday, June 26, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I was responding to the first comment on this post.

Thursday, June 26, 2008  

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