McKINNEY (Aug. 1, 2014) — During its July meeting, the Texas Transportation Commission approved the granting of $1,756,202 in federal funds to reimburse McKinney National Airport for the cost of land it acquired in 2010 as part of the $45 million project to replace the old runway.
Project costs will be funded through the City of McKinney and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation airport system.
“Federal and state grants administered by TxDOT provide the kind of financial assistance our airport needs to continue to grow and provide top-quality service to our business aviation customers. McKinney National Airport has been fortunate to receive outstanding support from FAA and TxDOT over the past 12 years,” said Airport Executive Director Ken Wiegand.
The runway was constructed at 7,002 feet long and 150 feet wide with a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds. It was the largest in single development project in TxDOT Aviation history. The width and weight-bearing capacity can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft.
This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.
About McKinney National Airport
McKinney National Airport (TKI), located in east McKinney, offers easy access to surrounding cities, fewer delays and superior infrastructure and services. The largest and most active corporate flight departments in the Dallas area calls it home. McKinney National Airport is a general aviation reliever airport. They are the North Texas airport of choice for business and personal aviation transportation. They support all civilian flying, except scheduled commercial passenger airlines. They offer U.S. Customs for international flights and have hangar and office pad sites and business opportunities, including economic incentives for those who qualify. For more information visit flytki.com.
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