Skip the drive and head to Harlingen, Texas with Delta’s new Nonstop service from Austin

Flying to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) is about to get a whole lot easier. Starting October 7, 2024, Delta Air Lines will introduce a new nonstop service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to Valley International Airport (HRL) in Harlingen, Texas. This new year round service will operate once daily, making travel to the southern tip of Texas more convenient than ever.

Delta's new flight to Harlingen will be operated by SkyWest Airlines under the Delta Connection brand. The Embraer E175, known for its spacious two-class configuration, will service the route. The E175 offers 76 seats, with 12 in first class and 64 seats in the main cabin, including 20 Delta Comfort+ seats. Passengers will be able to enjoy in-flight WiFi, power outlets, and USB ports, ensuring a pleasant, albeit quick journey on the 1.5 hour flight.

The daily flights will run as follows:

  • Departure from AUS: Just before 11:00 AM CT
  • Arrival at HRL: Around 12:15 PM CT
  • Return from HRL: 12:45 PM CT
  • Arrival back at AUS: Just after 2:00 PM CT

Harlingen is a gem, located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Known for its rich history, art, shopping, and vibrant culture, the city offers a variety of attractions for visitors. From shopping in Jackson Street’s antique district to visiting the original Iwo Jima Memorial, Harlingen offers an ideal weekend getaway.

Visitors can explore the historic downtown district, which features beautifully preserved architecture, unique shops, and delightful local eateries, a blend of authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex. The city also hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating everything from local cuisine to cultural heritage, ensuring there's always something exciting happening in Harlingen.

The city is also gateway to the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island, a short drive away, making it a popular destination for beachgoers, and nature enthusiasts alike. 

With over 1,200 acres of public parks land, Harlingen boasts a range of outdoor activities like bird watching, which visitors can do at the Arroyo Colorado, one of the many renowned World Birding Center locations across the RGV; it is a 40-acre tract with hiking trails and an impressive plant variety. Harlingen is also home to Hugh Ramsey National Park, a 55-acre tract with nature trails, walking trails, a picnic area, and ponds and streams to capture picture-perfect content. 

Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, explore the great outdoors, or immerse yourself in local culture, Harlingen has something for everyone. So skip the drive and enjoy the convenience of Delta's new daily service to Harlingen starting October 7.

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