The City of McKinney’s takeover of Collin County Regional Airport is complete. On Nov. 1, the city took full control of the airport’s operation and began full management of the airport.
On Tuesday night, the McKinney City Council voted to rename the airport to reflect the city’s ownership, both literal and figurative, of the airport.
Collin County Regional Airport is no more.
Meet McKinney National Airport.
The new name of McKinney’s airport was initially revealed as the choice of city staff in September, but the name change was made official by a unanimous vote of the council during Tuesday’s meeting.
The council also approved the renaming of the FBO (fixed base operation) at the airport, previously run by Cutter Aviation. McKinney Air Center will now serve as the city-controlled FBO at McKinney National Airport and will provide fueling and ground services at the airport.
According to a release from the city announcing the launch of the city-controlled airport, “McKinney Air Center will offer a wide variety of services, including 24-hour fuel and ramp services, catering, courtesy crew cars, flight planning and weather facilities, on-site auto rental, private crew lounge, sleep room and showers, and U.S. Customs on-site.”
The changing of the names completes the city’s takeover of the airport from Schuler Development. The city purchased assets at the airport from Schuler for $25 million.
Mayor Brian Loughmiller said that the city needs to take advantage of the “national” designation bestowed upon the airport by the FAA and fully supports the new name. “If we’re going to invest the money, then we need to take ownership of it,” Loughmiller told his fellow council members during the discussion prior to the vote on the airport’s new name.
Councilman Ray Ricchi questioned the process of selecting the name McKinney National Airport, asking Loughmiller if the city held any focus groups to discuss the airport’s new name. Loughmiller told Ricchi that the council members and city staff selected the name.
“We need to recognize the commitment of the city and its people,” City Manager Jason Gray said. Loughmiller added that having McKinney as part of the name of the airport and the FBO will help clarify the airport’s location and help to enhance the image of the city.
“Other cities, like Frisco, tie their names to the projects they fund,” Loughmiller said. “We need to do the same thing.”