|Will Rogers World Airport|
|2006 USGS Orthophoto|
|IATA: OKC ICAO: KOKC FAA LID: OKC|
|Owner||Oklahoma City Airport Trust|
|Operator||Oklahoma City Department of Airports|
|Serves||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Elevation AMSL||1,295 ft / 395 m|
|Source: Will Rogers World Airport|
Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC, ICAO: KOKC, FAA LID: OKC), also known as Will Rogers Airport or simply Will Rogers, is located in southwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 6 miles (8 km) from downtown and is the principal commercial airport of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The local airport authority, citizens, and news organizations commonly refer to the airport as "WRWA", yet the official industry designations are "OKC" and "KOKC".
The airport is named in honor of comedian and legendary cowboy Will Rogers, an Oklahoma native, and holds the distinction of being named after a person who died in an airplane crash (as does the city's other major airport, Wiley Post Airport, and Wiley PostWill Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, AK - both men died in the same crash near Barrow in 1935). Will Rogers World Airport is unusual in that it is the only airport to use the designation "World," and that its name makes no reference to its city location. Although it offers some customs and immigration services, it has no international destinations.
In 2012, over 3.68 million passengers passed through Will Rogers World Airport, up 3.4% over 2011. It is Oklahoma's busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic and its busiest cargo airport in terms of pounds of cargo carried, with over 68.5 million pounds of cargo carried in 2010.
Known USAAF groups stationed at Will Rogers Field were:
After completion of their initial training, these units were reassigned to other airfields for secondary training prior to their deployment overseas.
By the late 1990s, the terminal building built in 1967 was deemed unsuitable by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust. Following the adoption of a three phase master plan, preparations for renovating the airport were launched in 2001. The old twin concourses (visible in the 1995 photograph) were demolished to make way for a larger, expanded terminal with integrated concourses, high ceilings, and modern facilities.
A $110 million multi-phase expansion and renovation project, designed by Atkins Benham Inc. and Gensler and built by Oscar J. Boldt Construction Company, began in 2001. Phase-I involved erection of construction walkways from the five-story parking garage to the terminal building, demolition of the terminal's existing elevator core, construction of new elevator and escalator cores on the tunnel level and on level one, building temporary entrance and exit ramps for vehicles approaching and leaving the terminal, reconstruction of the roofs of the lower level and level one, finishing the elevator and escalator cores to level two, building new permanent entry and exit ramps for vehicles and construction of a new transportation plaza and driving lanes. Phase-II included a new concourse constructed to the west of the central terminal area, which was renovated to match the interior and exterior designs of the new concourse. The 1960s-built concourses were then demolished after the new concourse opened in 2005. The entire phase was completed in November 2006. Phase-III project exists which calls for the construction of a new concourse to the east, with at least eight additional gates as well as expanded retail, restaurant, and baggage areas.
During 2012, the Phase III expansion plan was updated to include a new Central Concourse reconfiguration plan. Option 2a was selected by the Airport Trust which includes only the central terminal improvements at this time. The $3.6M project will create a new central checkpoint in the center of the check-in hall. Two new greeter lobbies will be created where existing check points exist. The expansion will slightly reduce the space utilized by Sonic in the food court. The restrooms in the area will also be relocated to the nearby Osage room. The Southwest ticket counters will be relocated further east.
Great Plains Airlines, a regional airline based in Tulsa, made Will Rogers World Airport a hub in 2001, operating non-stop flights to Tulsa, Albuquerque, and Colorado Springs. The airline offering direct or connection service to Nashville, St. Louis Mid America, Chicago Midway, and Washington Dulles. The airline ultimately desired access to other east and west coast markets, but financial problems forced it to declare bankruptcy and cease operations January 23, 2004.
The airport constructed a new parking garage which increased capacity by a reported[by whom?] 40% due to increased passenger demand. Currently there are roughly 5,500 parking spaces at the airport.
Will Rogers World Airport has one terminal with 17 gates via the West Concourse (Gates 1-12) and Central Concourse (Gates 14-24). Gates on the south side of the building use even numbers while those on the north side use odd numbers. Hence, many odd-numbered gates are "left out" due to the terminal layout.
The architecture of the building uses native stone along with loft-ceilings, plate glass and brushed metal. Compared to the old concourses, the improvements provided a more open feel to the terminal waiting areas, similar to larger hub airports without being quite so large in scale.
Will Rogers World Airport officials approved a contract with Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates, P.C. in 2008 to begin planning for expanding the airport. However, officials were forced to postpone the expansion plan because of the industry-wide decline in passenger traffic. If completed, the existing terminal building would be expanded to the east and a new passenger concourse (the "International Concourse") with nine gates would be added, increasing the number of boarding gates to 26. The new facility would have immigration and customs on the lower level, and would serve international flights.
|Café Oklahoma||Food/Beverages||Ticket Lobby|
|CNBC News Express OKC||News/Retail||Ticket Lobby|
|Pop's (East)||Retail||Central Concourse|
|Sonic||Restaurant||Central Concourse Food Court|
|Moe's Southwest Grill||Restaurant||Central Concourse Food Court|
|The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que||Restaurant||Central Concourse Food Court|
|Schlotzsky's||Restaurant||Central Concourse Food Court|
|The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf||Coffee/Tea Shop||Central Concourse|
|Bar 1907||Pub/Lounge||Central Concourse between Gates 18 & 20|
|CNBC News Oklahoma City||News/Retail||Central Concourse|
|EA Sports||Retail||Central Concourse|
|Bricktown Square||Retail||West Concourse|
|Pop's (West)||Retail||West Concourse|
|Brighton Collectibles||Retail||West Concourse|
|InMotion Entertainment||Retail||West Concourse|
|Redbud Bar||Pub/Lounge||West Concourse|
|Route 66 Grille||Restaurant||West Concourse|
|Java Dave's Coffee||Coffee Shop||West Concourse|
|AirTran Airways operated by Southwest Airlines||Atlanta, Chicago-Midway (both begin November 3, 2013)||West|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth||West|
|American Eagle||Chicago-OHare, Los Angeles||West|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||Central|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis||Central|
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul||Central|
|Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City||Central|
|Southwest Airlines||Baltimore, Chicago-Midway (ends November 2, 2013), Dallas-Love, Denver, Houston-Hobby, Kansas City (ends August 10, 2013), Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis
|United Airlines||Denver, Houston-Intercontinental||West|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark||West|
|United Express operated by GoJet Airlines||Chicago-OHare, Washington-Dulles||West|
|United Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles||West|
|United Express operated by Republic Airlines||Denver||West|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Chicago-OHare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, San Francisco||West|
|United Express operated by Trans States Airlines||Chicago-OHare, Houston-Intercontinental||West|
|1||Dallas, Texas (DFW)||285,000||American|
|2||Denver, Colorado||269,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|4||Houston, Texas (IAH)||142,000||United|
|5||Chicago, Illinois (ORD)||134,000||American, United|
|6||Houston, Texas (HOU)||116,000||Southwest|
|7||Dallas, Texas (DAL)||92,000||Southwest|
|8||Las Vegas, Nevada||74,000||Southwest|
|10||Los Angeles, California||52,000||American, United|
Various FAR Part 135 Operators (Charter, Nonscheduled Service) operate in and out of the airport, such as small cargo feeder airlines operating small propeller aircraft. As well as larger charter companies doing military charters, vacations, etc.
A Rockwell Sabreliner, registration N5565 crashed on January 15, 1974, after descending below minimums on an ILS approach in low clouds and fog.
Taxi and shuttle service is offered by a number of companies to downtown Oklahoma City. Greyhound and other intercity scheduled and charter bus companies provide service to the airport but this usually must be pre-arranged.
As for public transit, Metro Transit (Oklahoma City) has a route (METRO route 11) to/from the airport. However, this service operates only 3 times per day during non-peak times
Numerous hotels have the typical shuttle service to the airport and there are a number of car hire options available, most of which have on-site terminal facilities and business priority (frequent customer) loyalty options.
The Airport began a $3.8 million maintenance project in September 2011 to rehabilitate and repair two of its three parking garages. The project will make improvements to garages A and B, two of the six parking options at the airport. Garage A is the two-story garage that provides hourly parking for the airports short-term visitors on the upper level, and ready-return spaces for the rental car agencies on the lower level. Parking Garage B, adjacent to A, is the older of the two, five-level parking structures that provides covered parking for air travelers. Garage C, the new parking garage which opened in 2009, will not be impacted. Nearing middle age, (Garage A is 44 years old and Garage B is 31 years old,) the structures will undergo several different types of refurbishments that will extend the long-term use of the facilities. The work will include:
The project will be divided into 12 sequences allowing the airport to keep as much of the garage open as possible. Most of the sequences will only require closing about 300 spaces at a time, leaving approximately 2,500 of the 2,800 total spaces in the two garages available for parking. The project work will start in the five-level Garage B on levels one and two. The entire project is anticipated to take 18 months. The most challenging portion of the project will be when the work commences on the two-story parking garage. During this sequencing, hourly parking and rental car companies will be moved to temporary locations in Garage B and C.
Until 2008, the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 137th Airlift Wing and its C-130 Hercules aircraft were located at the airport's air national guard base. As part of the 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations, the majority of the maintenance unit (excluding the munitions flight) was relocated to nearby Tinker Air Force Base, where it transitioned to the KC-135 Stratotanker. The unit shares the KC-135 with the Air Force Reserve's 507th Air Refueling Wing in a joint maintenance program. Will Rogers Air National Guard Base continues to be the home of the unit's headquarters, operations and support. The base has also seen joint association with the Oklahoma Army National Guard, which maintains a helicopter maintenance program at the location.
Will Rogers World Airport is used by military flights of the Oklahoma Air National Guard as well as air taxi and corporate service, although most of these flights utilize the Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City's FAA-designated reliever facility.
Will Rogers World Airport is home to Metro Technology Center's Aviation Career Campus. The Aviation center offers training to prepare aircraft maintenance technicians with Classrooms, practical labs, and separate airframe and powerplant hangars are available for academic and hands-on training. The Aviation Maintenance Technician program is an 18-month course that is certified and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. The facility is on the west side of the airport, north of the FAA center.