The Eastern Iowa Airport

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The Eastern Iowa Airport
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Airport type Public
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
Coordinates 41°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 US
Location of airport in Iowa / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 8,600 2,622 Concrete
13/31 6,200 1,890 Asphalt/Concrete

The Eastern Iowa Airport (IATA: CIDICAO: KCIDFAA LID: CID) is a commercial airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States, on Wright Brothers Boulevard on the south edge of town, about two miles west of Interstate 380. CID covers 3,288 acres (1,331 ha).

Airline Service[edit]

The airport in recent years has been served almost entirely by regional jets, however this is beginning to change. Delta now offers Boeing 717 flights to Atlanta and this summer United will upgrade all flights to Denver on Airbus 319s. American, Delta, and United still utilize a majority of regional jets, although the size has increased on a majority of flights to 70-76 seat regional jets with first class cabins while Allegiant flies MD80s and Frontier flies Airbus 319s. 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.

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 will be flown on CRJ-700 aircraft by PSA Airlines on behalf of American Airlines.

On July 18, 2017 Frontier announced new seasonal service from CID to Orlando that will begin on December 7, 2017. While CID currently has service to the Orlando area, this marks the first service to MCO.

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. 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[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 2014 with 1,132,991 passengers.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Eastern Iowa Airport has two passenger concourses: Concourse B with gates B1–B7, and Concourse C with gates C1–C6.


Map of current passenger routes from CID
Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando–Sanford, Phoenix–Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg–Clearwater
Seasonal: Los Angeles
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas–Fort Worth
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Frontier Airlines Las Vegas [4], Orlando (begins December 17, 2017)[5]
Seasonal: Denver
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare (begins September 5, 2017), Denver
United Express Chicago–O'Hare


Airlines Destinations
DHL Express
operated by Ameriflight
Cincinnati, Omaha
DHL Express
operated by Suburban Air Freight
FedEx Express Des Moines, Indianapolis, Memphis, Madison
FedEx Feeder
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
Grand Forks, Indianapolis, Sioux Falls
UPS Airlines Chicago/Rockford, Des Moines, Louisville


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from CID (June 2016 – May 2017)[6]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 153,000 American, United
2 Denver, Colorado 78,000 Frontier, United
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 62,000 American
4 Atlanta, Georgia 55,000 Delta
5 Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota 50,000 Delta
6 Detroit, Michigan 46,000 Delta
7 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 25,000 Allegiant
8 Charlotte, North Carolina 20,000 American
9 Las Vegas, Nevada 18,000 Allegiant
10 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 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. There are numerous nearby airports that specialize in general aviation; the closest of these is Green Castle Airport.


External links[edit]

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