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.
In early November, 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.
The council also approved the renaming of the FBO (fixed base operation) at the airport, previously run by Cutter Aviation. McKinney Air Center now serves as the city-controlled FBO at McKinney National Airport and will provide fueling and ground services at the airport.
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Of course, not all government officials were pleased with this $25 million investment.
And if that wasn’t enough airport news for one year, the FAA put a huge scare into McKinney earlier in the year when the airport was on a federal list of air traffic control towers that would have their funding cut off on April 7. Despite the efforts of Collin County Regional Airport’s Executive Director Ken Wiegand and his staff, McKinney’s Collin County Regional Airport (CCRA) was on that list.
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