|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)|
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 (1,070 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.
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, then known as Midwest Express, once operated a focus city at Eppley Airfield with flights to Milwaukee, WI, Newark, NJ, Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, CA, and Washington Reagan. The operation was later diminished to only flights to Milwaukee and Washington Reagan before merging with Frontier Airlines in 2010. 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, respectively, and serve about 29 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent, respectively, 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 the ground transportation center and rental car counters.
North Terminal and Concourse B
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
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 and Frontier.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||St. Petersburg/Clearwater (begins March 5, 2015)||TBD|
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth||A|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, Minneapolis/St.Paul
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Washington-National
|Southwest Airlines||Chicago-Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Orlando (begins March 7, 2015)
|United Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver||B|
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark||B|
|US Airways Express||Charlotte
|1||Denver, CO||347,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|2||Chicago, IL (ORD)||210,000||American, United|
|3||Chicago, IL (MDW)||191,000||Southwest|
|4||Dallas, TX (DFW)||188,000||American|
|6||Phoenix, AZ||157,000||Southwest, US Airways|
|7||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP)||142,000||Delta|
|8||Las Vegas, NV||109,000||Southwest|
|9||St. Louis, MO||100,000||Southwest|
|10||Houston, TX (IAH)||78,000||United|
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
- Frontier and Midwest airlines merge
- Eppley Airfield, official site
- Eppley Airport Guide on Omaha.net
- (PDF), effective December 11, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OMA, effective December 11, 2014
- Resources for this airport: