The Piedras Negras International Airport is a public-use airport operated by the Administradora Coahuilense de Infraestructura y Transporte Aereo. It serves as the international airport of Piedras Negras, which sits near the U.S.-Mexico Border. It handles national air traffic for the bi-national metropolitan zone Piedras Negras – Nava/Eagle Pass Texas, with at least 15,000 passengers each year. The airport stands at an elevation of 901 feet above mean sea level, and uses one asphalt runway which measures 6,655 feet long.
What to see & do
Piedras Negras is a city and the seat of the surrounding municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Coahuila. It is located at the north-eastern edge of Coahuila on the border of the United States and Mexico, just across the Rio Bravo from Eagle Pass in Texas. The Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras area is connected by the Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Camino Real International Bridge, and the Eagle Pass Union Pacific International Railroad Bridge.
Founded as Piedras Negras in 1849, the city was renamed as Ciudad Porfirio Diaz in 1888, in homage to then ruler and President Porfirio Diaz. It was reverted to its old name following the Mexican Revolution. It was named as such because the words Piedras Negras translates to “black stones”, a reference to coal deposits in the area.
Apart from the large amount of revenue generated through the production of coal, one of the major industries in the city is tourism. Being under the rule of various powers and influences and serving as the centre of commerce and trade, Piedras Negras became a colourful and vibrant city that is mainly set on the Catholic religion and the Spanish heritage, which is still evident today. Museums, including the Handicrafts Museum, Culture House, and others, are favourite destinations here, along with the Mercado Zaragoza or “the Market”, which is a traditional Mexican market where people can buy a variety of handmade arts and crafts from the state. Churches and church ruins too are important parts of tourism here, including the centuries old El Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe that was originally built in 1859, the Catedral de Piedras Negras, and the ruins of San Bernardo Mission from the 18th century. Food culture meanwhile is centred on the nacho, which was first invented by the Piedras Negras native Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya in his restaurant in the year 1943. The city celebrates the International Day of the Nacho every October 21st, to commemorate the invention of the dish.
Further, new establishments which include the Plaza de las Culturas, the Macro Plaza, and others, are also available for visits here. The Plaza de las Culturas features the three main indigenous cultures of Mexico, which include Aztec, Mayan, and Olmec. It also features a replica of a pyramid representative of the cultures, with the biggest one being a replica of the Pyramid of the Sun, located in Teotihuacan, Mexico City.
How to get around within Piedras Negras
Most roads are served by buses and taxis. Car hires are possible as well. Other modes, including railways, are currently unavailable as of the moment.
How to get there
Piedras Negras International Airport is the international airport in service to Piedras Negras in the province of Coahuila in Mexico. Airlines that serve the airport include Aeromar, with domestic flights to and from Mexico City.
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