Change in Name and FBO at Texas Airport

 - February 6, 2014, 12:30 AM

The city of McKinney, Texas, has completed changing the name of its airport to McKinney National Airport from Collin County Regional Airport. The rebranding accompanies the city’s $25 million purchase of the lone FBO on the field, formerly operated by Cutter Aviation, from Schuler Development, along with several more hangars and improvements. The Dallas suburb planned the changes as a cornerstone for economic development of the airport as well as a means to erase the annual $600,000 subsidy the city has provided it. “Fuel sales are a major revenue source at the airport,” said airport director Kenneth Wiegand. “By providing that and ancillary services, the city will generate revenue to fund improvements to the airport to lure additional corporate aircraft and business to our city.” The newly renamed McKinney Air Center will provide 24-hour fueling and ramp services, catering, crew cars, flight planning and weather facilities, on-site car rental, crew lounge, snooze room and showers, along with onsite U.S. Customs. The airport features a 7,000-foot runway, contract FAA control tower and a fire station.