Eppley Airfield

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Eppley Airfield
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Owner/Operator Omaha Airport Authority
Serves Eastern Nebraska, western Iowa
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Elevation AMSL 984 ft / 300 m
Coordinates 41°18′04″N 95°53′43″W / 41.3012°N 95.8954°W / 41.3012; -95.8954
Website www.flyoma.com
OMALocation in Nebraska
OMA is located in Nebraska
Location in Nebraska
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14R/32L 9,502 2,896 Asphalt/Concrete
14L/32R 8,500 2,591 Concrete
18/36 8,153 2,485 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2009, 2010)
Passengers (2013) 4,042,333
Aircraft operations (2009) 111,155
Cargo in pounds (2013) 93,000,000
Mail in pounds (2013) 51,000,000
Sources: FAA[1] and airport web site[2]

Eppley Airfield (IATA: OMAICAO: KOMAFAA 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 Omaha Municipal Airport into a jetport in 1959/1960.[3]

The airport occupies 2,650 acres (1,070 ha) and handles about 75-80 airline flights per day to 16 non-stop destinations.


The April 1957 OAG shows 42 scheduled airline departures a day: 23 United and 19 Braniff. The first jets were United 720s in Aug-Sept 1960.

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The terminal building, opened in 1961, was designed by James C. Buckley, Inc.[4] Concourse B opened in 1970,[5] and it was remodeled in 1986 while Concourse A opened in 1986.[6]

Midwest Airlines, then known as Midwest Express, once had a focus city at Eppley Airfield with flights to Milwaukee, WI, Newark, NJ, Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, CA, and Washington Reagan; nonstops to Milwaukee and Washington Reagan lasted until the merger with Frontier Airlines in 2010.[7] As of February 2012 Omaha has no international flights. 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 and serve about 29 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent, respectively, of passengers.[2]


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.[citation needed]

Terminals and Concourses[edit]

Eppley Airfield has three terminals and two passenger concourses.

Central Terminal[edit]

The Central Terminal contains the ground transportation center and rental car counters.

North Terminal and Concourse B[edit]

The North Terminal houses ticketing, baggage claim and security screening for airlines served by Concourse B (gates B11-B20). The airport's largest and third largest operators, Southwest and United, are served by Concourse B along with US Airways.

South Terminal and Concourse A[edit]

The South Terminal houses ticketing, baggage claim and security screening for airlines served by Concourse A (gates A1-A10). The airport's second largest carrier, Delta, operates out of Concourse A along with Alaska, American, Frontier, and Allegiant.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Seattle/Tacoma A
Allegiant Air St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Oakland (begins May 1, 2015)
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth A
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St.Paul
Seasonal: Salt Lake City (begins April 7, 2015)
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Washington-National A
Frontier Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Orlando
Southwest Airlines Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love (begins August 9, 2015), Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Orlando
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver B
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark B
US Airways Phoenix B
US Airways Express Charlotte, Phoenix B

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from OMA (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, CO 337,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
2 Chicago, IL (ORD) 216,000 American, United
3 Chicago, IL (MDW) 192,000 Southwest
4 Atlanta, GA 187,000 Delta
5 Dallas, TX (DFW) 187,000 American
6 Phoenix, AZ 156,000 Southwest, US Airways
7 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) 145,000 Delta
8 Las Vegas, NV 111,000 Southwest
9 St. Louis, MO 99,000 Southwest
10 Houston, TX (IAH) 76,000 United

Public Transportation[edit]

MAT Line 16[9] provides weekday-only service southbound toward downtown and northbound toward the North Omaha Transit Center. Passenger access is located directly outside the central terminal.



  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for OMA (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ a b Eppley Airfield, official web site
  3. ^ Eppley Grant of $1 Million Gives Omaha Jet Field - Lincoln Evening Journal, 1959-12-31
  4. ^ American Aviation 24. 1960. 
  5. ^ Mezzy, Dick (July 5, 1970). "Eppley Elevated Terminal Ready". Lincoln Star. p. 16. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ Airport Authority of the City of Omaha "Airport Facilities Revenue Bonds". Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Frontier and Midwest airlines merge
  8. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=OMA&Airport_Name=Omaha,%20NE:%20Eppley%20Airfield&carrier=FACTS
  9. ^ http://www.ometro.com/bus-system/bus-routes/east-omaha-north-16th-weekdays-only

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