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July 21st, 2014back


The Airport Board is seeking a replacement for Michael Browning


(Jul. 21, 2014) Harlingen, Texas – Michael Browning, Director of Aviation, will retire at the end of this year after serving Valley International Airport (VIA) since 1989. He began his career in Harlingen as assistant director and was promoted to director in 1999 when the prior director, Jon Mathiasen, stepped down.


“Airports and airplanes have been an important part of my life since I was 18 years-old. My first position was as an airport manager in Victoria, Texas at the age of twenty-two. From there I moved on to McAllen-Miller International Airport and then Valley International Airport,” Browning said. “I feel confident about leaving because the airport is on sound financial footing. Both Southwest Airlines and United Airlines recently executed new agreements to serve Harlingen through October 2019. And, the airport’s reserve funds now exceed $5 million with no outstanding debt.”


During his time at VIA, Browning was involved in the effort behind the terminal building construction, led the establishment of the ground-handling department to serve the air carriers, a rental car service facility, and on-site U.S. Customs office to facilitate private aircraft and in-bound cargo.                   


“The City of Harlingen is very fortunate to have talented, successful people willing to volunteer to serve on its Airport Board. Working here has been a joy as the Board has been so supportive of me and the other staff members,” Browning said.


“Michael Browning has been invaluable to Valley International Airport and we are grateful for all he has done to improve the airport over the years,” Airport Board Chairman Richard Franke said. “We are confident we will find an innovative and driven replacement who will continue to move VIA forward as the best airport in the RGV.”


During its regular monthly meeting on Monday, the Airport Board voted to hire ADK Executive Search – a company that performs executive searches exclusively for the airport industry – to administer the process of finding Browning’s replacement. The company’s most recent experience with airport organizations includes Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, Jackson Hole Airport Board, and Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo.


About Valley International Airport

Valley International is the largest airport in South Texas. Nearly 700,000 passengers and visitors walk through our terminal annually. Southwest Airlines offers nonstop service from Harlingen to Austin, Dallas/Love, Houston/Hobby, and San Antonio. United Express offers nonstop service to Houston Intercontinental. Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer seasonal nonstop service to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Allegiant Airlines, Republic Airlines and Sun Country offer casino charters year round. Air cargo is serviced by a wide-body fleet from FedEx and DHL. The airport offers many features; among them, door-to-door shuttle service to South Padre Island, free Wi-Fi and a complementary frequent flyer lounge. More information is available at www.flythevalley.comand