Collin County Regional Airport at McKinney hosted a new runway dedication. Federal, state and local officials were on hand for a brief ceremony at noon to commemorate the fully completed multi-year project.

Clear skies welcomed (L to R) MEDC Chair Keith Clifton, Collin County Judge Keith Self, McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller, State Senator-Elect Ken Paxton and U.S. Representative Sam Johnson as they addressed attendees Friday afternoon. Mayor Loughmiller read a letter of congratulations from Governor Perry.

Also on hand for today's dedication ceremony were State Aviation Director Dave Fulton, Texas Transportation Commissioner Fred Underwood, Southwest Region Administrator for the FAA Teresa Bruner, John Wood North Texas Regional Director for US Senator John Cornyn. Bruner acknowledged a long a productive relationship with the City of McKinney since the early 1970's with their first grant awarded in 1977.

Judge Keith Self said "This project represents a convergence of capability and opportunity with Collin County Regional Airport as the single largest asset that can drive the development of this corridor."

The CCRA celebrated its first take-off on the new 7,002-foot runway last April. 150 feet wide, with a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds (exceeding that of Love Field), it is the single largest general aviation development project in Texas Department of Transportation Aviation history. The width and weight-bearing capacity can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft, including commercial jets.

Chairman John Wroten described CCRA as, "A premier business aviation reliever airport with future passenger service goals."

Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) is a full-service, general aviation reliever airport servicing North Texas. They offer full services for corporate fleets, general aviation, and hangar space to the North Texas area. For more information visit flytki.com