Now is your chance to have a say in the future of air service in the Rio Grande Valley. A wide-ranging air service survey is now underway, collecting data on local travel patterns that will be shared with prospective airlines to support new flights on routes.

The results of the survey will reveal the number of trips local travelers take each year, which airports they’re using now, where they’re traveling to, and what local travelers would support in terms of additional air service.

The survey which was authorized by the City of McAllen City Commission and the McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE), is being conducted by Sixel Consulting Group (SCG), an airport consulting firm based in Eugene, Oregon. SCG works with dozens of small and mid-size airports throughout the country, specializing in recruiting new air service.

The survey is open to anyone, and can be accessed via the McAllen-Miller International Airport’s webpage, at and is available in English and Spanish. The survey will be open through July 31, 2009. Results of the survey will be available by the end of the summer travel season.