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Corpus Christi International Airport is getting an $11.2M makeover. Here's what to know.

The Corpus Christi Caller Times logo The Corpus Christi Caller Times 10/21/2020 Kathryn Cargo, Corpus Christi Caller Times
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The Corpus Christi International Airport aprons where planes are parked and fueled are getting a  multi-million dollar makeover. 

During its regular meeting Tuesday, City Council accepted a grant from the United States Department of Transportation-Federal Aviation Administration for $8.46 million. The council also awarded a $11.2 million construction contract to Head, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio.

a group of people looking at a laptop: Passengers enter TSA screening at the Corpus Christi International Airport on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. © Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times Passengers enter TSA screening at the Corpus Christi International Airport on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

The city supplemented the rest of the contract’s funds from the Airport Capital Improvement Program Grants Fund. The Ohio company will rehabilitate the airport’s aprons as well as the gate 9G driveway.

“Our team is constantly finding opportunities to renew, replace and reinvest in our airport facilities,” City Manager Peter Zanoni said. 

The rehabilitation work must be completed within four years from the acceptance of the grant.

The cracked pavement allows water and is causing it to degrade. The pavement was not originally designed for heavier aircraft and equipment loads.

The aprons’ pavement, which spreads about 161,000 square yards, is more than 20 years old. It’s  rutted and the concrete is spalling as well as being cracked. This deterioration can create "foreign object debris,” which would damage the airplanes. 

a group of people in a room: Corpus Christi International Airport reports increased traffic during COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The airport discusses its implementation of sanitation methods. © Annie Rice/Caller-Times Corpus Christi International Airport reports increased traffic during COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The airport discusses its implementation of sanitation methods.

Construction is slated to begin soon and expected to be completed in September 2021. 

The grant also funds a new air rescue vehicle for the airport fire department.

The airport is owned, operated and maintained by the city. It flies out more than 360,000 passengers annually and has more than 100,000 aircraft operations each year.

a group of people sitting on a bench in front of a building: People ride the escalator to the TSA checkpoint inside Corpus Christi International Airport on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. © Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times People ride the escalator to the TSA checkpoint inside Corpus Christi International Airport on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

The grant doesn’t require a 10 percent match due to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. 

The east, west, general and terminal aprons are where aircrafts are parked and fueled, cargo is loaded and unloaded and passengers boarded. The terminal apron services commercial passenger airlines that access the main terminal. The east and west aprons are essential for airplane maintenance and support private terminals and hangars. 

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Kathryn Cargo follows business openings and developments while reporting on impacts of the city government’s decisions. See our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe.

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