Corpus Christi International Airport (IATA: CRP, ICAO: KCRP, FAALID: CRP) 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 165,000 sq ft (15,300 m2) Hayden W. Head Terminal, which was designed by Gensler, 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 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.
With the arrival of the CRJ operated by Chautauqua in the United Express fleet, and nearly all flights on United 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 United 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.
Corpus Christi International Airport covers an area of 2,457 acres (994 ha) at an elevation of 44 feet (13 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 13/31 is 7,508 by 150 feet (2,288 x 46 m) and 18/36 is 6,080 by 150 feet (1,853 x 46 m).
On April 2, 2012, a United Airlines, Flight 4128, made an emergency landing at Corpus Christi because of other unknown reasons, when it suffered damage to its front landing gear and a flat tire. The flight originated in Harlingen, Texas, and was en route to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, carrying 37 passengers. No injuries were reported. The airplane was an ERJ145 operated by ExpressJet.