More than Meets the Eye

Some fun facts and interesting stats about our very own Corpus Christi International Airport

By: Kim Bridger-Hunt

Ihave an office with a view. I can say that because through my office window, I get to watch airplanes. I consider it a perk. Commercial airplanes come and go all day. There is an active general aviation community at Corpus Christi International Airport (CCIA) with everything from corporate aircrafts to small, single-engine planes maneuvering around the runways and taxiways at all hours of the day and night.

And then there’s the military. Glancing out my window, I see T-6s as they taxi in for fuel. Did you know that CCIA supports the U.S. Navy’s mission in South Texas by serving as an alternate runway for Navy flight training? This partnership is a great source of pride for all of us who work at the airport. And since the airport is owned and operated by the City of Corpus Christi, it can be a source of pride for everyone who lives in our community if they know about it.

So what else is there about CCIA that you may not know?

CCIA air travel facts and figures:

• Approximately 700,000 people fly in and out of CCIA on commercial airplanes each year.
• CCIA is served by three major airlines: American, Southwest and United.
• Twenty-five percent of our commercial passengers are flying to Houston or Dallas as their final destination.
• After Houston and Dallas, the most popular destinations out of CCIA are Las Vegas, New Orleans, Denver, Los Angeles and Orlando (in that order).

Since we’re talking about where we fly, how about some stats on airfare? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, these are the average one-way fares paid for travel out of CCIA, San Antonio and the United States as a whole for the past five years:

Average one-way fare

cc air chart

More facts and figures:
• CCIA has a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) area for clearing international flights through Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
• CCIA is designated a Port of Entry for aliens (foreign-born visitors) arriving by aircraft.
• CCIA sits on 2,700 acres of land, some of which is available for development.
• The airport is home to:
– FedEx Ground
– National Weather Service
– Carr’s Delivery
– Del Mar College Aviation Maintenance Program
• CCIA is the future home of the U.S. Coast Guard, sector headquarters.
• The longest of the two runways at CCIA is 8,500 feet long, which is 1.6 miles.
• There are approximately 80,000 operations (landings and take-offs) at CCIA each year; 60 percent of them are conducted by the military.
• The Department of Aviation within the City of Corpus Christi is an Enterprise Fund, which means that the airport generates the revenue needed to operate.

There is more going on at CCIA than meets the eye. But nothing trumps our commitment to safe, secure air travel for visitors and customers in the Coastal Bend. As you begin to plan your summer vacations, please remember that CCIA is convenient, close to home and a comfortable alternative to long drives, long treks and long lines at other airports. Fly CCIA! Go to a happy place.

Kim Bridger-Hunt is the marketing manager at the Corpus Christi International Airport. For more information, you may contact her at kimb@cctexas.com.

Photo courtesy of Corpus Christi International Airport

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