About CTA

Central Texas Airport is designed as a privately-owned general aviation facility open for public use, with privately imposed restrictions that enhance CTA’s business operations and maximize compatibility with the surrounding rural community area. CTA was carefully designed to meet or exceed all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards for noise and land use compatibility. All FAA designated levels of incompatible noise, safety zones and buffer areas are contained within the boundaries of the airport site. The design of CTA is regarded as more compatible and compliant with its surrounding environment than 95% of the nation’s 5,000+ general aviation airports.

CTA Clientele

The aviation market segments targeted for CTA are private and corporate business jets that represent longer range, higher-performance, noise-compliant aircraft.

The crumbling of the world’s economic systems has not spared serious financial troubles for the commercial air passenger and cargo industries. These industries are also experiencing record operational losses, bankruptcies, mergers and consolidations that are resulting in interruptions, limitations and even termination of service to many communities— both nationwide and foreign destinations. Private individuals, corporations and thousands of small businesses are increasingly utilizing general aviation to expedite, supplement or even replace their historic travel and package delivery needs.

CTA’s developers also recognize the advancing federal trend towards increased security and restrictions on private and general aviation aircraft by the Transportation Security Administration. No federal or state funding is being sought for CTA in order to maintain privately controlled, managed and operated general aviation operations that will replace bureaucratic, and burdensome security with higher quality and more efficient private security options. CTA’s clientele and their respective aircraft, facilities and equipment will require superior security and safety that is not available at federally-funded, public-use airports. The level and quality of these services can be tailored to meet the specific needs of any client, customer, business or their insurers. An international port of entry will be established in the future under contract arrangement with U.S. Customs officials located at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) to serve the expected needs of international general aviation customers.

Fuel Costs

Fuel costs are another critically important factor determining the total effective cost of general aviation operations. CTA will exclusively own and operate the wholesale fuel storage and supply facilities. A principal aviation fuel depot for the Austin region lies southeast of CTA in Bastrop, Texas. This area offers convergence of several products’ pipelines from the aviation fuel refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast and San Antonio. Spot market fuel purchases and negotiated pricing will be utilized to manage wholesale fuel prices for CTA’s wholesale and retail customers.

CTA Support Services

Airport facilities and the levels of available support services are another essential consideration determining the number and type of aircraft that will elect to base at Central Texas Airport. The volume and types of transient customers that will utilize CTA will also weigh these fuel and service features against few and limited options in the Central Texas region.

Since its opening in 1999, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has effectively implemented its regional-scope mission statement and master plan development. This mission directs new development and expansion activities at ABIA in a prioritized manner: first, to commercial air passenger services; second, to air cargo; and finally, general aviation facilities. The scopes of these expenditures are limited by financial resources that are constrained solely to funding generated from ABIA’s operations and scarce FAA participation funding. The result over the last decade has been that, while the Central Texas region’s population and businesses have grown at record levels, the facilities, services and support for general aviation have not been addressed. The critical nature of these funding constraints have adversely impacted the corporations, individuals and smaller businesses that require or elect to use the higher-end performance aircraft that do not have the option of utilizing remote airfields, which cannot meet their respective operational, regulatory or commercial insurance requirements.