Construction update at Corpus Christi International Airport
Quick Turn Around Rental Car Facility – Construction is underway on a new consolidated maintenance facility for the rental car companies that do business at the airport. This facility will allow the companies to operate from one central location where they will maintain, repair, wash and prepare vehicles for rent to the public. This facility will be the first City-owned LEED certified building in Corpus Christi (which indicates a commitment to using environmentally friendly building practices in design, construction and operation of the facility) and will be funded by a fee that is paid by passengers who rent cars.
Federal Inspection Services rehabilitation – The FIS is new and improved. It’s located inside the Hayden W. Head Terminal and is open for business. The expansion has created more space for the federal clearing of international flights at the airport. Current capacity at the FIS is about 200 passengers an hour which is much faster than the previous 50 passengers an hour. Our expanded FIS puts the airport in a better position to lure international flights in to the Corpus Christi International Airport. The FAA funded this project with a 5% match by the airport.
Communications Center - The Airport Communications Center is now larger and better equipped to help keep things safe around the airport. Contractors have completed several security upgrades that were paid for by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration. The improvements include new cameras, new monitors, remodeling and expansion of the space where the dispatchers operate, a new generator for keeping things running during the event of a power outage and new lighting on the tarmac.
The Comm Center is really the nerve center for all communications between airport dispatchers and employees, federal agencies, the airlines and even at times, members of the general public. Airport dispatchers are constantly monitoring traffic on the airfield, the movement of public safety officers and maintenance crews, and the details of any kind of incident on airport property. "The new equipment gives our dispatchers more eyes and better information as they do their jobs every day," says Public Safety Chief John Hyland. "These men and women are critical in any airport situation that requires a quick response," said Hyland. When there is an emergency on Airport property, the Communications Center will be ground zero for getting the appropriate emergency assistance to the right locations.
Runway Safety Project - The Airport is embarking on a three year, $50 million dollar Runway Safety and Improvement project. The project will be funded by the FAA and is designed to mitigate runway safety concerns and to allow for the extension of the airport’s two runways. Construction is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2012.
New Airfield and Maintenance Facility - The new facility is now open for business. Mechanics and maintenance crews are now repairing airport vehicles, public safety vehicles, fire trucks and mowers at a new location on airport property. This new 10,000 square foot facility has a deep oil pit, 6.5 ton engine hoist, a fuel yard, high power washers, office and storage space and the capacity to, with the expertise of airport staff, take care of important assets. The contractors also installed special netting in the ceiling of the facility to prevent birds from nesting in the rafters. The building was funded by the FAA with a 5% match from the airport.
Construction in Airport’s International Business Center
FedEx – The airport has welcomed its first tenant in to the International Business Center. The facility was built by a private development company and then leased to Fed Ex for its ground shipping operation in Corpus Christi. Welcome to the airport FedEx!