The opening of Brownsville Airport coincided with an important milestone in aviation history: In March 1929, Charles Lindbergh landed in Brownsville after a five-hour, 38-minute flight from Mexico City, establishing the first leg of airmail service to Mexico. Amelia Earhart and a crowd of 20,000 greeted Lindbergh at the airport.
BRO Airport is 4 nautical miles east of the City of Brownsville, at the very southern tip of Texas, and 5 miles from Matamoros, Mexico (accessible via three international bridges in downtown Brownsville) - and 20 miles from South Padre Island (known for having one of America's best beaches).
With one long runway, and nearly 161K passengers a year, the Airport is served by a number of airlines offering presently direct flights to airport hubs of Houston & Dallas/Fort Worth, with connections worldwide.
Check-in time is one hour prior to scheduled departure.
U.S. Entry by Western Hemisphere Passengers
(from Mexico, Central & South America, Bermuda and Canada):
- US Citizens need proof of valid US citizenship (driver's license, passport, birth or naturalization certificate recommended).
- Lawful Permanent U.S. Residents need to show Alien Registration Card or other valid evidence of their lawful status.
- Canadian Citizens & Citizens of Bermuda: A verbal declaration & ability to prove your Canada or Bermuda citizenship by presenting driver's license and either birth or naturalizaton certificate or passport.
- Mexican Citizens & nationals: All Mexican citizens, including children, must present a border crossing card or passport with visa.
The full-service passenger terminal at Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport has four airline gates.
Current airlines serving the Airport:
American AA, tel. 800-433-7300 - to Dallas Fort Worth DFW
United UA , tel. 800-864-8331 - to Houston IAH.
Present and future Airport developments: Next to the current Airport, groundbreaking took place in fall 216 for the terminal expansion project. No further news were available.