Collin County Regional Airport renamed McKinney National Airport

McKINNEY, TEXAS — The McKinney City Council has approved changing the name of Collin County Regional Airport to McKinney National Airport. The decision follows the city’s purchase of the airport and the start of city operations as the airport’s FBO, McKinney Air Center.

“The new name reflects the status of McKinney National Airport as one of the premier general aviation airports in the country,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller. “Fewer than 3% of the nation’s 2,953 general aviation airports are considered national airports under criteria established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”

According to the FAA categorization program, a national airport includes very high levels of activity with many jets and multi-engine prop planes using the airport and approximately 200 totally based aircraft including 30 jets.

“This is a designation the airport has already earned,” said City Manager Jason Gray. “Our ultimate goal is to create one of the finest airports in the country that will be a favored destination for aircraft coming to North Texas and for companies and individuals looking to base aircraft in the region.”

The airport FBO, McKinney Air Center, offers a variety of services including 24-hour fuel and ramp services, catering, courtesy and crew cars, flight planning and weather facilities, on-site auto rental, private crew lounge, sleep room and showers, and U.S. Customs on-site. A contract FAA Control Tower and a fire station equipped with specialized crash rescue equipment and specially trained aircraft fire and rescue firefighters provide additional safety for airport users.

“Fuel sales are a major revenue source at the airport,” said Ken Wiegand, McKinney National Airport Director. “By providing that and ancillary services, the city will generate revenue to fund improvements to the airport to lure additional corporate aircraft and business to our city.”

“McKinney National Airport is a major attraction when recruiting corporations to McKinney. The new name better describes the significant role our airport plays in America’s aviation industry and the major economic driver the airport is and will be for our area,” said Jim Wehmeier, President and CEO of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation. “McKinney has a national airport with huge growth potential inducing available corporate hangars and pad sites ready to go for relocating corporate aviation departments. Add to this our proximity to D/FW International Airport and this make McKinney an ideal location for companies that use a mix of corporate and commercial flights.”

The airport has come a long way since its modest beginnings 34 years ago as McKinney Municipal Airport. Since then, the airport has added a 7,000 foot commercial-grade runway, an air traffic control tower and U.S. Customs services for international flights.

For more information: McKinneyTexas.org

Comments

  1. Carl Neuzil says:

    great job keep up the work..I remember the airport in the early days.
    you have done a great job, wish all airports did half what you have done.. thanks again Carl Neuzil

  2. Kent Misegades says:

    If fuel is a major source of revenue here, the owners would be wise to lower its price as they will sell more. Treat all customers as if they were your best – many of my taildragger buddies fly large corporate jets for a living. They have choices where they buy their Jet-A, so it is wise to make sure even the pilot of a ratty old ragwing taildragger has a good experience. He might return the next week in a Falcon, G-V or Citation X, or not. Self-service Avgas and Mogas is what most sport aviators are looking for. Especially mogas in the Dallas area, with all the RVs that could use it.

  3. Greg Ellis says:

    I have flown into McKinney a couple of times and as an owner of a Mooney I will probably never go back. I am happy for them to get the status that they have achieved and hopefully that means something to them but as a small single engine aircraft owner, I was treated like I did not exist. The jets have priority at this airport and it follows on down the line size-wise with small single engine piston airplanes being at the bottom of the list. I was actually told by the lady behind the counter to wait my turn as she was talking about dinner plans with a corporate pilot. I was in a hurry to make a very important meeting and was renting a car from them. Now I admit this was 3 years ago and I hope things are very different there.
    So although I am happy when a GA airport has the ability to stay open and flourish, I will not fly back to this airport again.

    • I have never been to McKinney, but i have had your experience at other airports. The lesser treatment of piston aircraft,and yes the smaller you are the worse it gets, seems common. One thing about that is most piston singles have a lot more choices as to what runway we use, fuel is an issue at the smallest, but at least in the mid-west their are still 3000 ft. strips with fuel.

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