The Eastern Iowa Airport

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The Eastern Iowa Airport
CID Logo.png
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Cedar Rapids
OperatorCedar Rapids Airport Commission
ServesCedar Rapids / Iowa City
LocationCedar Rapids, Iowa
Elevation AMSL869.4 ft / 264.9 m
Coordinates41°53′04.9″N 91°42′38.9″W / 41.884694°N 91.710806°W / 41.884694; -91.710806
CID is located in Iowa
CID is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 8,600 2,622 Concrete
13/31 6,200 1,890 Asphalt/Concrete
Total Passengers (2017)1,143,335 Increase5.2%
Cargo (pounds) (2017)53,566,069

Eastern Iowa Airport (IATA: CID, ICAO: KCID, FAA LID: CID) is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wright Brothers Boulevard on the south edge of town, two miles west of Interstate 380. CID covers 3,288 acres (1,331 ha).[1]

Airline Service[edit]

In recent years the airport has been served almost entirely by regional jets, but this is changing. Delta now has Boeing 717s to Atlanta and United has Airbus 320s and Boeing 737s to Denver. United also flies Airbus 320s to Chicago O'Hare Int'l. American, Delta, and United mostly use regional jets, although the size has increased on most flights to 70-76 seats with first class cabins, while Allegiant and Frontier fly Airbus 319/320/321s. The airport sees five airlines with non-stop flights to fourteen airports. 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. Concourse B will be renovated beginning this summer to add a second level and 3 more gates. Once the renovation is complete all boarding gates will be upstairs, the B and C concourses will be no more and gates will be renumbered numerically without an alpha character. The new Gate 2 opened on October 10th, 2018, serving Delta.

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 July 8, 2016 the airport announced new twice daily service from CID to Charlotte. The service started on November 4, 2016 and is flown on CRJ-700/900s by PSA Airlines for American Airlines.

Runway reconstruction[edit]

On June 3, 2010 runway 9/27 closed for reconstruction, reopening on September 23. A temporary runway had been set up parallel to the closed runway. Beginning July 3, 2010, and lasting for 4 weeks, Runway 13/31 was also closed as they rebuilt the intersection with Runway 9/27. [1]


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 Air Lines began in 1957. In 1969 the airport had 31 airline arrivals each weekday and recorded 353,000 passengers that year.

The present terminal designed by Brown, Healey, Bock Architects and Planners[2] 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 2008 the airport enplaned and deplaned one million passengers for the first time in its history; it set a record in 2017 with 1,143,335 passengers.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Current passenger routes from CID
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando–Sanford, Phoenix–Mesa, Nashville, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg–Clearwater
Seasonal: Los Angeles
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Phoenix–Sky Harbor (begins December 18, 2019)[5]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [7]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul [7]
Frontier Airlines Denver [8]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver [9]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare [9]


DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Kansas City
FedEx Express Des Moines, Indianapolis, Memphis, Madison, Sioux Falls
UPS Airlines Chicago/Rockford, Des Moines, Louisville, Miami, Portland (OR), Spencer


Annual traffic[edit]

Year Passenger statistics
2013 1,042,291
2014 1,132,991
2015 1,105,625
2016 1,086,655
2017 1,143,335[10]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from CID (May 2018 - April 2019)[11]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 137,000 American, United
2 Denver, Colorado 105,000 Frontier, United
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 64,000 American
4 Atlanta, Georgia 63,000 Delta
5 Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota 47,000 Delta
6 Detroit, Michigan 46,000 Delta
7 Charlotte, North Carolina 37,000 American
8 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 32,000 Allegiant
9 Orlando–Sanford, Florida 18,000 Allegiant
10 St. Petersburg–Clearwater 18,000 Allegiant

Airport management[edit]

  • Marty Lenss : C.M., Airport Director
  • Donald Swanson : Director of Finance & Administration
  • Todd Gibbs : C.M., Director of Operations
  • Pamela Hinman : Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Kathleen Bell : Deputy Director of Finance & Administration

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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.

General aviation[edit]

Scheduled airline traffic shares the Eastern Iowa Airport with cargo and general aviation traffic. Numerous nearby airports specialize in general aviation; the closest is Green Castle Airport.


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for CID (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2012-07-26
  2. ^ Kirchen, Rich (August 5, 1987). "Paul Manuel to Redesign Dubuque Airport Terminal". Telegraph Herald. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Allegiant Interactive Route Map". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Frontier". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Timetable". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA: The Eastern Iowa (CID)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Retrieved 2018-12-31.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°53′20.68″N 91°42′1.19″W / 41.8890778°N 91.7003306°W / 41.8890778; -91.7003306