The Eastern Iowa Airport
|The Eastern Iowa Airport|
|Owner||City of Cedar Rapids|
|Operator||Cedar Rapids Airport Commission|
|Serves||Cedar Rapids / Iowa City|
|Location||Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|Elevation AMSL||869.4 ft / 264.9 m|
The airport is served almost entirely by regional jets. American, Delta, and United utilize regional jets, while Allegiant flies MD80s and Frontier flies Airbus 319s. The airport sees five airlines with non-stop flights to eleven cities. The airport has 13 gates; six gates on the upper concourse (C) have jet bridge boarding and Gates B1-B7 are ground level boarding areas.
In the pre-security area, there is the Sam Adams Brewhouse and Tic Toc Restaurant with a full-service menu or grab-n-go items including Pizza Hut Express. There is also a gift shop, and a locally owned coffee shop, Java Creek Cafe within the Tic Toc. The information center where visitors can ask questions is in the center of the terminal. A small exhibit on the airport's history is also near check-in.
Usually the wait in the security line is a few minutes. Upstairs on the concourse, or past the security checkpoint, is the Millstream Brewhaus, which has beer made at the Millstream Brewery in the Amana Colonies. Cedar Landing News & Coffee is on the concourse selling gifts, coffee, and other items.
Arriving passengers have a short walk to the baggage claim area. Several national rental car company counters and a courtesy shuttle counter are in this area.
On 25 August 2009 the number of destinations dropped to nine. Delta ended scheduled flights to Atlanta and Cincinnati on 18 August 2009. Delta announced April 25, 2011 that service would return to Atlanta on August 16, 2011, and Delta now has 3 daily flights to Atlanta . The airport's St. Louis service ended after 52 years when American stopped flying between the two cities on 25 August 2009.[dead link]
On 3 June 2010 Runway 9/27 closed for reconstruction, reopening on 23 September. A temporary runway had been set up parallel to the closed runway. Beginning 3 July 2010 and lasting for 4 weeks, Runway 13/31 was also closed as they rebuilt the intersection with Runway 9/27. 
Cedar Rapids' first airport was Hunter Field, a private airport established by Dan Hunter in the 1920s on Bowling Street SW north of U.S. Highway 30. The airport was used for private charter service, pilot training, and airmail, but it was unusable during bad weather.
Cedar Rapids Municipal Airport was completed with military funding in 1944 but was not dedicated until April 27, 1947. The Cedar Rapids Parks Department operated the airport until a new Airport Commission was established in 1945; Donald Hines, who led the effort to build the airport, was the commission's director until he retired in 1973 (he died in 1975). Scheduled east-west passenger service from United Airlines began in 1947, and north-south passenger service from Ozark Airlines began in 1957. By 1969 the airport had 31 airline flights per day and recorded 353,000 passengers a year.
The present terminal designed by Brown, Healey, Bock Architects and Planners was dedicated in 1986 with a ceremony that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole attended. The Cedar Rapids Airport was renamed The Eastern Iowa Airport in 1997 to reflect its status as a regional airport. In 2000 the airport enplaned and deplaned one million passengers for the first time in its history; it set a record in 2014 with 1,132,991 passengers.
Airlines and destinations
Eastern Iowa Airport has two passenger concourses: Concourse B with gates B1 - B7, and Concourse C with gates C1 - C6.
|Allegiant Air||Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Los Angeles||B/C|
|American Eagle||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth||C|
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul||C|
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver||C|
|1||Chicago, IL (O'Hare)||166,000||American, United|
|2||Denver, CO||78,000||Frontier, United|
|3||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||65,000||American|
|5||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN||51,000||Delta|
|8||Las Vegas, NV||20,000||Allegiant|
|9||St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL||19,000||Allegiant|
|Cap City||Davenport, St. Paul Downtown|
|Central Airlines||Minneapolis Flying Cloud, Kansas City Downtown|
|FedEx Express||Des Moines, Indianapolis, Memphis, Madison|
|Mountain Air Cargo||Grand Forks, Indianapolis, Sioux Falls|
|UPS Airlines||Des Moines, Louisville, Rockford|
- Marty Lenss : C.M., Airport Director
- Donald D. Swanson : Director of Finance & Administration
- Gene Cossey : A.A.E., IAP, Director of Operations
- Heather Wilson : Director of Marketing & Communications
- Kathleen A. Bell : Deputy Director of Finance & Administration
Accidents and incidents
August 30, 1970 – US Navy Blue Angels pilot Lt. Ernie Christensen belly-landed his F-4J Phantom at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids with one engine stuck in afterburner during an airshow at the airport. He ejected safely, while the aircraft ran off the runway.
July 11, 1975. A Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I took off from Cedar Rapids to Dallas-Addison Airport in Dallas, Texas. The aircraft encountered heavy rain on short final, and attempted a go around. The plane crashed on the runway on its second attempt to land. Probable cause was wind shear or sudden windshift. All occupants survived.
Scheduled airline traffic shares the Eastern Iowa Airport with cargo and general aviation traffic. There are numerous nearby airports that specialize in general aviation; the closest of these is Green Castle Airport.
- FAA Airport Master Record for CID ( PDF), effective 2012-07-26
- Kirchen, Rich (August 5, 1987). "Paul Manuel to Redesign Dubuque Airport Terminal". Telegraph Herald. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA: The Eastern Iowa (CID)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- The Eastern Iowa Airport: History from The Eastern Iowa Airport's website, accessed February 26, 2006
- Resources for this airport: