Aras Aero has leased 120,000 sq ft of ramp space to create a new MRO operation at the South Texas Regional Intermodal Park and Airport in Hondo

Aircrafts parts supplier Aras Aero’s new location is adjacent to the Hondo Aerospace, an MRO that specialises in aircraft storage and green harvesting of aircraft parts, components and engines. Initially, the new MRO will serve as a repair operation for A320 and B737 aircraft and will be created in stages over the next two years, beginning with six production lines for preservation services, followed by the addition of four production lines.

“This is great news for Hondo and for our rapidly growing cluster of dynamic aerospace companies,” said Doug Dowler, Hondo’s executive director of economic development. “We’re especially pleased to be the location of ARAS Aero’s first MRO operation.”

The South Texas Regional Intermodal Park and Airport is positioned for growth in a rapidly expanding city just 40 miles from San Antonio and less than an hour from the operations of global leaders like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The airport is the region’s largest, with four runways offering landing capabilities for various sized aircraft ranging from a small Cessna to a Boeing 767. Adjacent to US Highway 90, the Park is also served by Hondo Railway, a short line rail connection to UP and BNSF Class I service.

While Aras Aero’s operation will create ten new jobs initially, Hondo offers the workforce scale for larger operations as well, with a labour pool of 1.1 million within 50 miles, supported by Hondo’s robust and coordinated talent development pipeline augmented by the high-calibre skills of separating service members of Joint Base San Antonio.

The new MRO will join a cluster of aerospace companies
The new MRO will join a cluster of aerospace companies South Texas Airport