Corpus Christi International Airport

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Corpus Christi International Airport
CRP logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner City of Corpus Christi
Operator Corpus Christi Department of Aviation
Serves Corpus Christi, Texas
Elevation AMSL 44 ft / 13 m
Coordinates 27°46′13″N 097°30′04″W / 27.77028°N 97.50111°W / 27.77028; -97.50111
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 7,508 2,288 Asphalt
18/36 6,080 1,853 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 70,456
Based aircraft 68

Corpus Christi International Airport (IATA: CRPICAO: KCRPFAA LID: 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.[1]

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."[2]

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.[citation needed]

The airport is frequently used by United Express and Southwest Airlines as a diversion station in case of weather problems in Houston.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) Classification[edit]

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.[3]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

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).[1]

For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2013, the airport had 70,456 aircraft operations, an average of 254 per day: 32% military, 18% general aviation, 15% air taxi and 3% scheduled commercial, At that time there were 68 aircraft based at this airport: 37% single-engine, 25% multi-engine, 6% jet, 1% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Corpus Christi International Airport has a total of six gates, two of which (Gates 4 and 6) have direct access to the US Customs office. The airport has 5 jetways with one gate accessible via stairs.

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
Southwest Airlines Houston-Hobby
United Express Houston-Intercontinental
United Express - operated by SkyWest Airlines Houston-Intercontinental (begins August 18, 2015)

Top destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of CRP
(June 2013 – May 2014)[4]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 116,000 American
2 Houston (Hobby), TX 97,000 Southwest
3 Houston (Intercontinental), TX 94,000 United
4 Dallas-Love, TX 21,000 Southwest

Incidents at Corpus Christi Airport[edit]

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.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for CRP (Form 5010 PDF), effective September 25, 2008.
  2. ^ "Corpus Christi International Airport, United States of America – Airport Technology". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Commercial Service Airports (Primary and Nonprimary) (PDF) (Report). Federal Aviation Administration. 23 Nov 2010. 
  4. ^ "Corpus Christi, TX: Corpus Christi International (CRP)". Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R). 
  5. ^ "United Flight 4128 Makes Emergency Landing in Corpus Christi Texas | TFNJ: The Florida News Journal". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 

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