Corpus Christi International Airport (CCIA) has an ongoing Capital Improvement Plan that helps ensure the safety of the airfield and the safe and efficient use of all facilities and airport property. The ongoing projects are pursued in a measured way to maximize the federal funding that's available, maintain a safe operating environment for all airport users, and to minimize the inconveniences caused by construction activity.
Major Projects 2020-2021
Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Improvements of Commercial and General Aviation Aprons – CCIA remains on track with pavement improvements on both the general aviation aprons and the commercial apron. This work is being completed in phases. In 2021, CCIA will complete the final phases of work on the commercial apron south of the terminal. Contractors will rehabilitate the west GA apron near Atlantic Aviation and will complete the reconstruction of the east GA apron with concrete. With safety and efficiency always in mind, these projects represent the culmination of ten years of improvements on the airfield. The projects include major infrastructure improvements on runways, taxiways and aprons and are possible because of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which funds 90% of the costs. During normal years, the airport matches the other 10%. CCIA will also purchase a new Class 4 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle and other firefighting equipment that will be used for fire suppression crash rescue in the event of an aircraft emergency. Expected to arrive in early 2021, this will be the 2nd new replacement truck funded by the FAA in the past several years. These trucks are a critical part of CCIA's Emergency response and are operated by the airport Public Safety Division.
Projects completed since 2010
New Security Barrier – Completed in 2018, CCIA has enhanced security around the airport by installing 9 miles of fence that is 8 feet high, includes a concrete base to ward off wildlife, and includes all new gates with state-of-the-art security monitoring equipment. This project was funded by the FAA at 90% with a 10% match from the airport.
Taxiway Kilo Extension – This project was completed in 2017. Taxiway Kilo was extended by 300 feet, offering a connection from the northwest sections of the airfield to the runway system at CCIA. In the future, Taxiway Kilo will be further extended to the west beyond the US Coast Guard facility.
East GA & Terminal Apron – This project included the removal of 200,000 square yards of asphalt apron which was replaced with reinforced concrete. These apron projects were phased for operational access..
Quick Turn Around Rental Car Facility (QTA) – This is a consolidated maintenance facility for the rental car companies that do business at the airport. This facility allows the companies to operate from one central location where they maintain, repair, wash and prepare vehicles for rent to the public. The facility is being paid for with a Customer Facility Charge (CFC) which is a fee that is paid exclusively by customers who rent vehicles here at CCIA.
Federal Inspection Services rehabilitation – The FIS is located inside the Hayden W. Head Terminal and has been open for business since 2012. The expansion created more space for the federal clearing of international flights at the airport. Current capacity at the FIS is about 200 passengers an hour. The expanded FIS puts the airport in a better position to lure international flights in to CCIA. 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 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 Communications Center will be ground zero for getting the appropriate emergency assistance to the right locations.
Runway Safety and Taxiway Reconfiguration Project - This was a five-year project that eliminated a potential safety issue on the airfield and upgraded the design of CCIA’s taxiway system, as well as the lighting and aviation equipment that aids pilots in safe landings at the airport. Both runways were extended on the north ends, while decommissioning the south ends to eliminate the threat of incursions in the “V” configuration.
New Airfield and Maintenance Facility - This facility was opened in 2011 and is home base for airport mechanics and maintenance crews that repair airport vehicles, public safety vehicles, fire trucks, mowers and other airport equipment. It’s a 10,000 square foot facility that has a deep oil pit, a 6.5-ton engine hoist, a fuel yard, high power washers, office and storage space and the capacity to offer cover and protection of important assets. The facility also has special netting in the ceiling 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