Ryan Hite – C-City International Airport (RHC)

In this series, I will be introducing some of the large airports that I hope to build into the future. The first one in this series will be the primary airport that I hope to build just to the east of the city that I hope to call home base. I will also name it after myself. For those who don’t know, I love to fly and I love to build airlines on Google Earth. I hope that I will build up a network of airlines that connects all parts of the world and I will build airports to suit the needs of the airlines that I hope to build.

Ryan Hite – C-City International Airport is the primary airport serving the C-City/Walsenburg/Trinidad/Pueblo metropolitan area and the southern Front Range Megalopolis. It is the largest hub for Hite Green Airlines (Hite Airlines) and is also home to the headquarters of Hite Airlines International and the location of the flight testing center, call center for the mountain region, and the primary maintenance and aircraft development center. It is the second largest airport by land area in the United States and the third busiest airport in the world from traffic movements. It is the third busiest airport in the United States by international and passenger traffic and is the eighth busiest airport in the world.

It is entirely located in C-City, Colorado and is about four miles east of downtown C-City, Colorado. It functions as its own city and has its own zip code. It has service to 150 domestic destinations and 120 international destinations, making it the city with the most foreign destinations in the United States due to its central location in the continental United States. It is also a massive international gateway with destinations around the world.

The airport will be built on a budget of 5 billion dollars (2014) and should take up to ten years to fully build out. It will probably be built in three phases. There are currently no airports that can handle major aircraft movements and competes with Denver International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The main terminal has 9 concourses connected by a single terminal and an international terminal. It is unique among airports in that there is a concourse solely built for passengers to fly direct and is used by low cost carriers and charter carriers. It also has large aircraft testing operations on the south side of the airport and large private aircraft operations on the east side of the main apron.

The main terminal has five concourses that are connected to the main terminal and four concourses that are remote. These are connected by an underground tramway that connects in a large loop around the airport. The international terminal has three branches and is to the west of the main terminal.

Domestic Terminal: 300 gates total

  • Concourse A – Low Cost Carriers, Charter Aircraft, and Hite Airlines (55 gates)
  • Concourse B – Hite Airlines (25 gates)
  • Concourse C – Hite Airlines (21 gates)
  • Concourse D – Hite Airlines Express (45 gates)
  • Concourse E – Mainline Carriers (21 gates)
  • Concourse F – Hite Airlines International (20 gates)
  • Concourse G – Hite Airlines International (20 gates)
  • Concourse H – Hite Airlines (20 gates)
  • Concourse I – Low Cost Focus Concourse (20 gates)

International Terminal: 60 gates

  • Pier 1 – OneWorld (20 gates)
  • Pier 2 – Star Alliance (20 gates)
  • Pier 3 – Skyteam (20 gates)

There are no hotels on the airport site, but a large complex exists immediately adjacent to the property. There is a total of 5000 rooms at that location. There are also retail and restaurants throughout the airport totaling 1,000,000 square feet.

The busiest domestic routes are projected to be to St. Louis, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, and Chicago. The busiest international routes are projected to be to Beijing, London, Dubai, Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. A large number of people are projected to come to the airport because of the amenities and business needs of the city itself. It is also one of the busier cargo airports in the nation because of its position as the headquarters of many shipping related companies.

Within the airport, there are two tram systems underneath the airport. The main one connects the domestic terminals and the other one connects the international terminals on the south side of the complex. There are six parallel runways running east-west and three parallel runways running north-south. The six runways are on the west side of the complex and are separated by the terminal and the remote concourses. The three parallel runways are to the east of the main terminal complex and the six parallel ones. There is a consolidated rent-a-car facility to the west of the terminal and the north of the international terminal.

The airport is served by the yellow and green lines of the C-City MONO system and has bus rapid transit routes ending at the airport park and ride from various parts of the city. There is a commuter rail station a few miles to the west at the hotel complex.

The airport is served by Ryan Hite Parkway, which connects to C-City to the west. It is also adjacent to the Prairie Parkway to the east and I-825 to the west. It is also adjacent to Highway 46 to the north, which connects the airport to La Junta to the east and to the western suburbs of C-City to the west.