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Corpus Christi International Airport

Corpus Christi International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Corpus Christi
ServesCorpus Christi, Texas
Elevation13 m (44 ft)
Aircraft operations97657
Based aircraft76

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Corpus Christi International Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located five nautical miles (9 km) west of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, United States.

The airport's new six gate, 165000 sqft (15329 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, which was supposed to fly 2-3 times a week from Corpus Christi to Monterrey, Mexico on an ATR-42 aircraft and had received Department of Transportation (DOT) approval for the route. The airline still needs DOT approval to fly into the United States, as this will be its first non-Mexican destination except for 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.

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