Will Rogers World Airport
Will Rogers World Airport is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is the primary commercial airport for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. While some airports are customarily named international airports, Will Rogers is the only airport to designate “World” in its name. The airport has no international flights despite the presence of customs and immigration services. The elevation of Will Rogers World Airport is 1,295 feet above sea level. As of 2011, more than 3 million passengers and over a 130,000 aircrafts travel to and from Will Rogers World Airport. More than 68.5 million pounds of cargo went through the airport in 2010. The airport is named for comedian and cowboy Will Rogers. Roger, an Oklahoma native, was killed in a plane crash in 1935. It is the busiest airport in the state of Oklahoma.
History of Will Rogers Airport
During America’s involvement in World War II, the airport was known as Will Rogers Field. At the time, the airport served as a training facility for the US Army Air Force’s fighter and bomber units. It was the first leg of pre-deployment training destinations. A main terminal building was built in 1967. In the late 1990s, the building was deemed unsuitable.
The Oklahoma City Airport Trust later adopted a three phase plan that included renovating the terminal in 2001. A new and improved terminal was constructed to replace the twin concourses that were demolished to make way for the project. The estimated cost of the projected is estimated at $110 million. The first phase involved the construction of walkways from the parking garage to the main terminal building. Additional construction included a new core of elevators and escalators on both the tunnel level and on level one. Reconstruction was made to the roofs of the lower level and level one were made. The second phase included construction of a new concourse west of the central terminal area. Renovations were made to both the exterior and interior to match the new design. The new concourse was opened in 2005, while the phase itself was completed in late 2006. The third and final phase is intended to construct a new concourse located east of the central terminal. Once completed, eight new gates will be added to the terminal. Construction of the final phase is delayed due to the aviation industry facing a decrease of airline passengers.
There is one terminal with 17 gates located at the West Concourse and Central Concourse. The gates on the south side of the building are even numbered, while the gates on the north side are odd numbered. However, due to the layout of the terminal, many odd-numbered gates are omitted. Once the final phase continues and is completed, there will be a total of nine additional gates. The number of gates will be increased to 26. The new facility will also house international flights and include the customs and immigration services. Will Rogers World Airport approved a contract with Frankfurt Short Bruzza Associates in 2008. The firm is responsible for the final phase of the airport’s expansion.
Airlines Serving Oklahoma City Airport
As the largest airport in the state of Oklahoma, Will Rogers World Airport is naturally served by major domestic airlines. The lower level of the terminal building is the baggage claim area for all airlines. The Upper Level hosts the ticket counters for all the airline companies serving Oklahoma City’s airport.
The largest city in Oklahoma is connected directly to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport via American Airlines. This major U.S. carrier is actually based in the city of Fort Worth, which is home to the busiest airport in Texas. Additionally, American Eagle offers flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Both of these companies are subsidiaries of the AMR Corporation of Texas. American Airlines and American Eagle operate from the gates in the West Concourse of Will Rogers World Airport.
Passengers at Will Rogers World Airport have the option to fly in an airline company with the world’s largest fleet size. Delta Air Lines links Oklahoma City with several airports that serve as busy domestic hubs for the company. Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Memphis, and Salt Lake City can be reached in non-stop flights offered by Delta Connection services that depart from the gates in the East Concourse at Will Rogers World Airport.
Frontier Airlines invites passengers at Will Rogers World Airport to the company’s headquarters. This major low-cost airline directs air traffic into Denver International Airport in the capital city of Colorado. In fact, the flight to Denver is one of the limited West Coast options offered at Oklahoma’s busiest airport. Frontier Airlines uses the gates in the West Concourse of the terminal.
When it comes to the most destination choices at Will Rogers World Airport, Southwest Airlines is number one on the list. America’s largest low cost airline connects Oklahoma City to major cities in Texas such as Dallas and Houston. Additionally, this company offers non-stop flights to some of the largest cities in the Southwest such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. Southwest Airlines airplanes wait for passengers in the Central Concourse at Will Rogers World Airport.
United Airlines offers direct flights between Will Rogers World Airport and the main airports in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and District of Columbia. With Newark Liberty International Airport on the carrier’s schedule, United Airlines is the only airline to take Oklahoma City’s passengers into the New York City area. United Airlines service is available in the West Concourse gates.