Corpus Christi International Airport
Corpus Christi International Airport is a city-owned public-use airport
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 located five nautical miles (9 km) west of the central business district
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 of Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County, it also extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. The MSA population in 2008 was 416,376. The population was 305,215 at the 2010 census making it the...

, in Nueces County, Texas
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, United States
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The airport's new six gate, 165000 sq ft (15,329 m²). Hayden W. Head Terminal opened on November 3, 2002, with a theme of "When the Sun Meets the Sea".

The airport has repeatedly attempted to receive service from Mexico, the latest attempt being in 2005, where the airport had reached an agreement with the Mexican regional airline Aeromar
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, which was supposed to fly 2-3 times a week from Corpus Christi to Monterrey
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, Mexico
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 on an ATR-42 aircraft and had received Department of Transportation
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 (DOT) approval for the route. The airline still needs DOT approval to fly into the United States, as this will be the airline's second international destination, first being San Antonio. However, in a letter to the DOT, Aeromar has stated it will not seek renewal of the permit to fly to Corpus Christi.

The airport is frequently used by Continental Airlines, Continental Express and Southwest Airlines as a diversion station in case of weather problems in Houston.

With the arrival of the CRJ operated by Chautauqua in the Continental Express fleet, and nearly all flights on Continental being operated by Chautauqua, the airline has set up a crew base with about 75 pilots and flight attendants based at Corpus Christi. Crew base closed November 2008 and now Chautauqua CRJs make up less than 50% of Continental Express flights with Embraer ERJ-145 operated by ExpressJet Airlines making up the majority of flights.

National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) Classification

Corpus Christi International Airport is classified as a Commercial Service, Primary, Small Hub Airport. For Corpus Christi International to have a classification as a Commercial Service Primary Airport it must be a public airport with scheduled passenger service and must have an enplaned passenger count of at least 10,000 annually. The designation as a Small Hub Airport means that Corpus Christi International enplanes at least .05 percent, but no more than .25 percent of the total annual U.S. passenger enplanements.

Facilities and aircraft

Corpus Christi International Airport covers an area of 2457 acres (994.3 ha) at an elevation
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 of 44 feet (13 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt
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 paved runway
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s: 13/31 is 7,508 by 150 feet (2,288 x 46 m) and 17/35 is 6,080 by 150 feet (1,853 x 46 m).

For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2006, the airport had 97,657 aircraft operations, an average of 267 per day: 46% military
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, 29% general aviation
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, 21% air taxi
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 and 5% scheduled commercial
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, At that time there were 76 aircraft based at this airport: 53% single-engine
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, 34% multi-engine, 7% jet
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, 7% helicopter
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Airlines and destinations

Corpus Christi International Airport has a total of six gates, two of which (Gates 4 and 6) have direct access to the US Customs office. The airport has 5 jetways with one gate accessible via stairs.

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