|Owner/Operator||Omaha Airport Authority|
|Serves||Eastern Nebraska, western Iowa|
|Elevation AMSL||984 ft / 300 m|
|Statistics (2009, 2011, 2013, 2016)|
Eppley Airfield (IATA: OMA, ICAO: KOMA, FAA LID: OMA) is an international medium hub airport three miles northeast of downtown Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States. It is by far the largest airport in Nebraska, serving ten times more passengers than all other Nebraska airports combined, 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 1959-60.
The airport occupies 2,650 acres (1,070 ha) and handles about 120 airline flights per day to and from 20 daily and 3 seasonal non-stop destinations. Eppley served 4.17 million passengers in 2015 (including both enplaned and deplaned passengers).
- 1 History
- 2 Expansion
- 3 Location
- 4 Terminals
- 5 Airlines and destinations
- 6 Statistics
- 7 Ground transportation
- 8 Accidents and incidents
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Eppley Airfield began as an extension of Levi Carter Park near East Omaha in 1925. That year, the City of Omaha acquired 200 acres of cleared land on the east side of Carter Lake[disambiguation needed]. Almost immediately, planes started landing and taking off there. A lawsuit was launched against the City in 1927 when a group wanted to build a hangar there. The lawsuit failed and the land was called both the Omaha Municipal Airport and the American Legion Airport.
The April 1957 OAG shows 42 scheduled airline departures per day, with 23 by United Airlines and 19 by Braniff Airlines. In January 1960, the City of Omaha renamed the field in honor of Eugene Eppley, whose foundation donated US$1,000,000 for improvements to the field. This was matched by the federal government and improvements were made to handle jets at the airport, and the first jets landed were United 720s in August 1960.
Hubs and operations
Midwest Airlines, then known as Midwest Express, operated a hub at Eppley Airfield from 1995 to 2002 with flights to Milwaukee, Newark, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Washington–Reagan; the airport remained a focus city with nonstops to Milwaukee and Washington until the airline merged with Frontier Airlines in 2010. As of January 2017, Omaha has no international passenger flights. The airport handled more than 4.1 million passengers in 2014. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines are the first-, second-, and third-largest carriers and serve about 33 percent, 22 percent, and 22 percent, respectively, of passengers.
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.
On February 18, 2015, The Omaha Airport Authority board approved the plan for design work to begin on an approximately $71 million, six-story parking garage. The new garage is to be built north of the existing six-story garage, and construction on the first project would begin in about a year. The project will be expected to be completed in fall 2017. The first phase would provide 2,200 parking stalls, with 850 stalls for rental cars and 1,350 public stalls. 
Construction and upgrades are planned for Eppley Airfield's terminal and tarmac. An expansion to the runway 36/18 will be added in order to have larger aircraft landing, as well as taxiway A being enlarged to handle such aircraft. Next, Concourses A and B will be joined together by a long corridor, and expanded in the northern direction, adding 8 more jetways. This expansion will also add 6-8 more security checkpoints, instead of the current two. After construction, there will be a total of 28 gates, with some able to handle larger aircraft. On either side of the "megaterminal" the ramp will be extended for overnight aircraft parking.
In January 2016, Eppley Airfield completed the expansion of its on-site United States Customs and Border Protection facility (CBP) to provide greater customs and inspection services for international passengers. While Eppley Airfield is classified as a "Customs Landing Rights Airport" for international flights (officially an "international airport") by United States Customs and Border Protection, there is no regularly scheduled international passenger service; however, the airport does handle international charter and private flights.
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.
The Central Terminal contains the ground transportation center and rental car counters.
The gate system of Eppley Airfield is a "running total system". This means that when a new concourse begins, the gate number does not reset to 1 with the prefix of the Concourse's letter. For example, the gates go from A10 to B11; there is no B1, as the running total keeps the number going with a different prefix.
Airlines and destinations
operated by SkyWest Airlines
|Allegiant Air||Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor||A|
|American Eagle||Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth||A|
|Delta Airlines||Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Detroit, Salt Lake City
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Washington–National||A|
|Southwest Airlines||Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Houston–Hobby (begins March 9, 2017), Las Vegas, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis, Washington–National
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Orlando
|United Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
|United Express||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco||B|
|Ameriflight||Beatrice, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk|
|AirNet Express||Des Moines|
operated by Suburban Air Freight
operated by Baron Aviation Services
|Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte|
|FedEx Express||Indianapolis, Memphis|
|UPS Airlines||Billings, Louisville, Reno/Tahoe, Winnipeg|
|1||Denver, Colorado||298,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|2||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||229,000||American, United|
|5||Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona||156,000||American, Southwest|
|6||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||151,000||American|
|7||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||146,000||Delta|
|8||Las Vegas, Nevada||112,000||Southwest|
|9||St. Louis, Missouri||107,000||Southwest|
MAT Line 16 provides limited weekday-only rush hour service southbound toward downtown and northbound toward the North Omaha Transit Center. Passenger access is located directly outside the central terminal.
Accidents and incidents
- On July 11, 1961, United Airlines Flight 859 veered off the runway and collided with construction equipment at Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado after a flight from Omaha. 17 aboard the aircraft were killed, as was one person on the ground.
- 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.
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
- "Non-Stop Destinations". www.flyoma.com. Retrieved 2015-04-29.
- Leslie R Valentine, “The Development of the Omaha Municipal Airfield, 1924-1930,” Nebraska History 61 (1980): 400-420.
- "Municipal airport new name 'Eppley Airfield'," Omaha World-Herald, January 13, 1960
- American Aviation. 24. 1960.
- Mezzy, Dick (July 5, 1970). "Eppley Elevated Terminal Ready". Lincoln Star. p. 16. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
- "Airport Authority of the City of Omaha, Airport Facilities Revenue Bonds" (PDF). www.fpr.net. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- "Frontier Airlines and Midwest to fly under one name - Apr. 13, 2010".
- Omaha World Herald. "Easing the Parking Crunch: 6-story, 2,200-stall Garage Coming to Eppley Airfield in 2017." Omaha.com. Omaha World Herald, 18 Feb. 2015. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <http://www.omaha.com/money/easing-the-parking-crunch--story--stall-garage-coming/article_790a6390-b6d2-11e4-9734-039b1a169392.html>.
- Nebraska v. Iowa, 406 U.S. 117 (1972).
- "RITA - BTS - Transtats".
- "Omaha Airport Authority -". Omaha Airport Authority.
- "Braniff Airliner Hits Nebraska Bean Field". The Spokesman-Review. August 8, 1966. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- Eppley Airfield, official site
- Eppley Airport Guide on Omaha.net
- Aviation Photos from airliners.net
- Aviation Photos from jetphotos.net
- (PDF), effective February 2, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OMA, effective February 2, 2017
- Resources for this airport: