Approximately $15 million for McKinney National Airport was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission during its October meeting.
The funds will be used to extend the existing runway from its current length of 7,002 feet to 8,502 feet.
The first step of the process will be an environmental assessment, followed by design and construction. Construction will likely begin in late 2021.
“Today, business aircraft intending to operate out of McKinney must add congestion to one of the commercial service airports if their operations require additional runway length,” said Airport Director Ken Carley.
Project costs will be funded through the city of McKinney and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation system.
Grant funding from TxDOT requires an airport sponsor to contribute a minimum of 10 percent in matching funds. The McKinney City Council approved its matching funds to add to the project in September.
Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding. This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports.
Arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than three million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.