|IATA: OMA – ICAO: KOMA – FAA LID: OMA|
|Owner/Operator||Omaha Airport Authority|
|Serves||Eastern Nebraska, western Iowa|
|Elevation AMSL||984 ft / 300 m|
|Statistics (2009, 2010)|
|Aircraft operations (2009)||111,155|
|Cargo in pounds (2009)||102,149,802|
|Mail in pounds (2009)||54,305,909|
|Sources: FAA and airport web site|
Eppley Airfield (IATA: OMA, ICAO: KOMA, FAA LID: OMA) is a medium hub airport three miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County, Nebraska. It is the largest airport in Nebraska and is named for Eugene C. Eppley, the Eppley Hotel magnate of Omaha, from whose estate $1.0 million was used to convert the Omaha Municipal Airport into a jetport in 1959/1960.
The airport occupies 2,650 acres (1,072 ha) and handles about 90 airline flights per day.
The April 1957 OAG shows 42 scheduled airline departures a day: 23 United and 19 Braniff.
On August 6, 1966 Braniff Airways Flight 250 left Kansas City Downtown Airport headed for Eppley and crashed near Falls City, Nebraska, killing all 42 on board. The flight was waiting for weather to clear in Omaha before descending when violent turbulence compromised the structural integrity of the plane.
Several films have used Eppley for a few scenes including the 2002 feature film About Schmidt which included scenes filmed inside and outside the terminal building, and the 2009 feature film Up in the Air which made use of the south end of the terminal building during filming.
Midwest Airlines established a focus city at Eppley Airfield, which has expanded since that airline's merger with Frontier Airlines. As of February 2012, all scheduled airline flights from Omaha terminate within the United States. The airport handled more than 4.2 million passengers in 2011. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines are the first-, second-, and third-largest carriers, serving about 29 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent of passengers.
The airport is northeast of downtown Omaha in east Omaha. Although the airport is in Nebraska on the west side of the Missouri River, it is surrounded on the east, west and south by the state of Iowa: the Missouri River formerly formed an oxbow west of the land that became Eppley Airfield. The river cut off the oxbow during an 1877 flood, leaving behind Carter Lake on a portion of its former course; the Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that though the land cut off by the river's changed route now lay west of the Missouri, it remained part of Iowa. This land eventually became the city of Carter Lake, Iowa.
Terminals and Concourses
Eppley Airfield has three terminals and two passenger concourses.
The Central Terminal contains Gate 21 and ticketing desks for long-distance shuttle vans such as I-80 Navigator Express.
North Terminal and Concourse B
The North Terminal houses ticketing, baggage claim and security screening for airlines served by Concourse B (gates B11-B20), as well as half of the rental car counters. The airport's largest and 3rd largest operators, Southwest and United, are served by Concourse B along with US Airways.
South Terminal and Concourse A
The South Terminal houses ticketing, baggage claim and security screening for airlines served by Concourse A (gates A1-A10), as well as half of the rental car counters. The airport's 2nd largest carrier, Delta, operates out of Concourse A along with Alaska, American and Frontier.
Airlines and destinations
|1||Denver, CO||316,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|2||Chicago, IL (ORD)||198,000||American, United|
|3||Chicago, IL (MDW)||189,000||Southwest|
|4||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||187,000||American|
|7||Phoenix, AZ||143,000||Southwest, US Airways|
|8||Las Vegas, NV||111,000||Southwest|
|9||St. Louis, MO||96,000||Southwest|
One MAT bus line serves Eppley, line 16, in a north-south route between the North Omaha Transit Center and downtown, passing through the airport's passenger driveway. Service is available Monday through Friday, and only during rush hour periods.
Eppley on June 16, 2011 during the 2011 Missouri River floods
- FAA Airport Master Record for OMA ( PDF), effective 2007-10-25
- Eppley Airfield, official web site
- Eppley Grant of $1 Million Gives Omaha Jet Field - Lincoln Evening Journal, 1959-12-31
- American Aviation 24. 1960.
- Airport Authority of the City of Omaha - Airport Facilities Revenue Bonds
- "Alaska Airlines to begin serving Omaha". Omaha World Herald.
- Eppley Airfield, official site
- Eppley Airport Guide on Omaha.net
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OMA, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: