Will Rogers World Airport
|Will Rogers World Airport|
2006 USGS Orthophoto
|IATA: OKC – ICAO: KOKC – FAA LID: OKC|
|Owner||Oklahoma City Airport Trust|
|Operator||Oklahoma City Department of Airports|
|Serves||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Elevation AMSL||1,295 ft / 395 m|
Source: Will Rogers World Airport
Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC, ICAO: KOKC, FAA LID: OKC) (Will Rogers Airport or simply Will Rogers) is a United States airport in southwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 6 miles (8 km) from downtown on about 8,100 acres of land. It is a civil-military airport and is the main commercial airport of the area. The local airport authority, citizens, and news organizations commonly refer to the airport as "WRWA", but the official codes are OKC and KOKC.
The airport is named for comedian and legendary cowboy Will Rogers, an Oklahoma native who died in an airplane crash. The city's other major airport, Wiley Post Airport, and Wiley Post–Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, Alaska, are named for Wiley Post, who died in the same crash near Barrow in 1935. Will Rogers World Airport is the only airport to use the designation "World" with no reference to its city location. It offers some customs and immigration services, but has no international flights.
- 1 History
- 2 Terminal
- 3 Airlines and destinations
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Regular commercial traffic
- 6 Ground transportation
- 7 Government and military operations
- 8 Businesses and other onsite institutions
- 9 Lariat Landing
- 10 Incidents
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
World War II
During World War II Will Rogers Field was a major training facility for the United States Army Air Forces; many fighter and bomber units were activated and received initial training there.
Known USAAF groups stationed at Will Rogers Field were:
- 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) July 1942 - August 28, 1942
- 46th Bombardment Group (Light) November 1942 - October 1943
- 47th Bombardment Group (Light) February 16, 1942 - July 18, 1942
- 48th Bombardment Group (Light) May 22, 1941 - February 7, 1942
- 86th Bombardment Group (Light) February 10, 1942 - June 20, 1942
- 311th Bombardment Group (Light) March 2, 1942 - July 4, 1942
- 312th Bombardment Group (Light) June 1942 - August 1942
- 409th Bombardment Group (Light) June 1, 1943 - October 1943
- 410th Bombardment Group (Light) July 1, 1943 - October 1943
- 411th Bombardment Group (Light) August 1, 1943 - August 15, 1943
- 416th Bombardment Group (Light) February 5, 1943 - June 4, 1943
- 417th Bombardment Group (Light) March 28, 1943 - August 4, 1943
- 9th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) October 1, 1943 - May 6, 1944
- 2d Reconnaissance Group October 7, 1943 - May 1, 1944
- 70th Tactical Reconnaissance Group November 14, 1943 – November 30, 1943
After completion of their initial training, these units were reassigned to other airfields for secondary training before deployment overseas.
The December 1951 C&GS chart shows 5497-ft runway 3, 3801-ft runway 8, 5652-ft runway 12 and 5100-ft runway 17.
The April 1957 OAG shows 21 departures a day on Braniff, 15 on American, 5 Central, 4 Continental and 3 TWA. A TWA Constellation flew nonstop to Los Angeles but eastward nonstops didn't reach beyond Wichita, Tulsa and Dallas (OKC didn't get a Chicago nonstop until 1966).
Great Plains Airlines, a regional airline based in Tulsa, made Will Rogers World Airport a hub in 2001, with non-stop flights to Tulsa, Albuquerque, and Colorado Springs and direct or connecting flights to Nashville, St. Louis Mid America, Chicago Midway, and Washington Dulles. The airline hoped to reach other east and west coast markets, but it declared bankruptcy and ceased operations January 23, 2004.
On May 31, 2013, an EF-1 tornado hit Will Rogers Airport. The 1.4 mile wide tornado traveled 10.4 miles which includes across the northern side of the airport. The path of the tornado passed over the facilities of MetroTech, FAA, Oklahoma National Guard, AAR, Four Points Hotel, and the passenger terminal and hangars on the North and East side of the airport. Minor damage was reported at AAR and other buildings in this path. The Parking Spot location north of the airport on Meridian Ave was also hit by the tornado. The company decided in August, 2013 not to re-open the facility and exit the OKC market.
By the late 1990s the Oklahoma City Airport Trust deemed the 1967-built terminal building unsuitable. Following the adoption of a three phase master plan, preparations for renovating the airport were launched in 2001. The old twin concourses (visible in the 1995 photograph) were demolished to make way for a larger terminal with integrated concourses, high ceilings, and modern facilities.
A $110 million multi-phase expansion and renovation project, designed by Atkins Benham Inc.[disambiguation needed] and Gensler and built by Oscar J. Boldt Construction Company, began in 2001. Phase-I involved erection of construction walkways from the five-story parking garage to the terminal building, demolition of the terminal's existing elevator core, construction of new elevator and escalator cores on the tunnel level and on level one, building temporary entrance and exit ramps for vehicles approaching and leaving the terminal, reconstruction of the roofs of the lower level and level one, finishing the elevator and escalator cores to level two, building new permanent entry and exit ramps for vehicles and construction of a new transportation plaza and driving lanes. Phase-II included a new concourse constructed to the west of the central terminal area, which was renovated to match the interior and exterior designs of the new concourse. The 1960s-built concourses were then demolished after the new concourse opened in 2005. The entire phase was completed in November 2006. Phase-III project calls for the construction of a new concourse to the east, with at least eight more gates as well as expanded retail, restaurant, and baggage areas.
In 2008, Will Rogers World Airport officials approved a contract with Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates to begin planning for expansion. Officials postponed the expansion plan because of the industry-wide decline in passenger traffic. If completed, the existing terminal building would expand to the east and include a new passenger concourse with nine gates (the "International Concourse"), which would increase the number of boarding gates to 26. The new facility would have immigration and customs on the lower level and would serve international flights.
During 2012 the Phase III expansion plan was updated to include a new Central Concourse reconfiguration plan. As of 2014, the Airport Trust selected Option 2a, which includes only the central terminal improvements. The $3.6M project will create a new central checkpoint in the center of the check-in hall. Two new greeter lobbies will be created where existing check points exist. The expansion will slightly reduce the space utilized by Sonic in the food court. The restrooms in the area will also be relocated to the nearby Osage room. The Southwest ticket counters will be relocated further east.
Will Rogers World Airport has one terminal with 17 gates on the West Concourse (Gates 1-12) and Central Concourse (Gates 14-24). Gates on the south side use even numbers while those on the north use odd. Due to the terminal's layout, certain odd numbers are omitted in the succession of Gates 1 through 24.
The architecture uses native stone along with loft-ceilings, plate glass and brushed metal. Compared to the old concourses, the improvements provide a more open feel to the terminal waiting areas that is like that of larger hub airports.
Airlines and destinations
operated by SkyWest Airlines
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas (begins November 5, 2015)
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth||West|
|American Eagle||Chicago–O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles||West|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta
|Delta Connection||Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City||Central|
|Southwest Airlines||Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Houston–Hobby, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis||Central|
|United Airlines||Denver, Houston–Intercontinental
|United Express||Chicago–O’Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles||West|
|US Airways Express1||Charlotte||West|
^1 All US Airways Express flights will be rebranded as American Eagle flights effective October 17, 2015.
|Ameriflight||Dallas/Fort Worth, Wichita|
|FedEx Express||Memphis, Tulsa|
|Martinaire||Dallas/Fort Worth, Woodward|
|UPS Airlines||Little Rock, Louisville, Tulsa, Wichita|
Various FAR Part 135 Operators (Charter, Nonscheduled Service) operate in and out of the airport, such as small cargo feeder airlines operating small propeller aircraft. As well as larger charter companies doing military charters, vacations, etc.
Top domestic destinations
(ending April 2015)
(ending April 2014)
|1||Dallas, Texas (DFW)||296,000||283,000||+13,000||American|
|2||Denver, Colorado||250,000||254,000||-4,000||Southwest, United|
|3||Atlanta, Georgia||237,000||197,000||+40,000||Delta, Southwest|
|4||Houston, Texas (IAH)||165,000||156,000||+9,000||United|
|5||Houston, Texas (HOU)||124,000||121,000||+3,000||Southwest|
|6||Chicago, Illinois (ORD)||107,000||116,000||-9,000||American, United|
|7||Las Vegas, Nevada||80,000||78,000||+2,000||Southwest|
|8||Dallas, Texas (DAL)||79,000||86,000||-7,000||Southwest|
|10||Los Angeles, California||53,000||58,000||-5,000||American, United|
Regular commercial traffic
- Airbus A300-600, Airbus A310 (FedEx Express)
- Airbus A319 (United Airlines)
- Airbus A320 (United Airlines)
- Boeing 737-300/400/700/800 (Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines)
- Boeing 757-200 (UPS Airlines)
- Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 (United Express operated by Republic Airways)
- CRJ-100/200/700/900 (American Eagle, Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines, Delta Connection operated by Skywest, United Express operated by GoJet Airlines, United Express operated by Mesa Airlines, United Express operated by SkyWest)
- Cessna 208 Caravan (Martinaire)
- Embraer ERJ-145 (American Eagle, United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines, United Express operated by Trans States Airlines)
- Embraer ERJ-175 (American Eagle, United Express operated by Mesa Airlines, US Airways Express)
- McDonnell Douglas MD-82/83/88 (Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines)
Taxi & shuttle
A number of companies offer taxi and shuttle service to downtown Oklahoma City and the surrounding metro area. Hotels have shuttle service to the airport.
The airport is served by Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty car rental companies.
Embark (405-235-7433), the City of Oklahoma City's public bus system, currently does not serve the airport.
The airport began a $3.8 million maintenance project in September 2011 to rehabilitate and repair two of its three parking garages. The project will make improvements to garages A and B, two of the six parking options at the airport. Garage A is the two-story garage that provides hourly parking for the airport’s short-term visitors on the upper level, and “ready-return” spaces for the rental car agencies on the lower level. Parking Garage B, adjacent to A, is the older of the two five-level parking structures that provide covered parking for air travelers. Garage C, the new parking garage which opened in 2009, will not be impacted. Nearing middle age, (Garage A is 44 years old and Garage B is 31 years old) the structures will undergo several different types of refurbishments that will extend the long-term use of the facilities. The work will include:
- Repair of concrete walls and pillars, specifically where there are cracks or spalling (chips of concrete that have broken off) and other deterioration
- Replacement or repair of exterior stairs
- Replacement and upgrade of all lighting circuits
- Replacement and upgrade of all lighting fixtures
- The top levels of each garage will receive new expansion joints, membrane coating, waterproofing and protectant to prevent leaking
The project will be divided into 12 sequences allowing the airport to keep as much of the garage open as possible. Most of the sequences will only require closing about 300 spaces at a time, leaving approximately 2,500 of the 2,800 total spaces in the two garages available for parking. The project work will start in the five-level Garage B on levels one and two. The entire project is anticipated to take 18 months. The most challenging portion of the project will be when the work commences on the two-story parking garage. During this sequencing, hourly parking and rental car companies will be moved to temporary locations in Garage B and C.
The airport operates three surface parking lots on the grounds of WRWA.
- Lot #1 is a long term remote shuttle lot located on Amelia Earhart Drive.
- Lot #2 is a long term shuttle lot located directly adjacent to the parking garages on the north side.
- Lot #3 is a long term canopy shuttle lot that provides shelter from sun and hail with protective canopies. It is located to the west of the parking garages on 67th Street near the control tower.
The airport provides a short term parking area in the second (top) level of Garage A. The parking is free for the first hour and then $1 per hour after that. There are also two cell phone waiting areas just across the street from the shuttle parking lot #2, near Lot #3, and by the flag plaza north of the long term shuttle Lot #2.
Government and military operations
Will Rogers Air National Guard Base
Will Rogers World Airport is used by military flights of the Oklahoma Air National Guard as well as air taxi and corporate service, although most of these flights use the Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City's FAA-designated reliever facility.
Until 2008, the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 137th Airlift Wing (137 AW) and its C-130 Hercules aircraft were located at the airport's Will Rogers Air National Guard Base. As part of the 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendations, the majority of the maintenance unit (excluding the munitions flight) was relocated to nearby Tinker Air Force Base, where the wing transitioned to the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and became the 137th Air Refueling Wing (137 ARW), an "Associate" unit of the 507th Air Refueling Wing (507 ARW). The unit then shared KC-135 aircraft with the Air Force Reserve Command's 507th Air Refueling Wing in a joint operations and maintenance program. On 30 Jun 2015, the 137 ARW / 507 ARW partnership at Tinker AFB officially ended. The 137th will transition to Air Force Special Operations Command and will redesignate as the 137th Special Operations Wing (137 SOW) operating the MC-12 Liberty for the Oklahoma Air National Guard, marking a return of ANG flight operations to Will Rogers.
Will Rogers Air National Guard Base also continues to be the home of the unit's Expeditionary Support Group headquarters, operations and support, as well as the Oklahoma ANG's 146th Air Support Operations Squadron. The base has also seen joint association with the Oklahoma Army National Guard, which maintains a helicopter maintenance program at the location.
The Federal Aviation Administration has major facilities on the airport grounds, including the headquarters for the 'Air Route Traffic Control', the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, and the FAA Training Academy, all housed at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center campus on the west part of the Airport.
The U.S. Department of Justice has major Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) facilities at Will Rogers World Airport. The Federal Transfer Center and its principal air hub is built on the west side of the airport grounds, off of Taxiway G.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol operate their national training facility on airport grounds. They operate a hangar on the north side of the airport, off of Taxiway N, north of the JPATS Hangar.
Businesses and other onsite institutions
AAR Oklahoma has a major maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility and regional headquarters at Will Rogers World Airport; in addition there are other aircraft maintenance and aircraft on ground organizations based there.
Atlantic Aviation has a fixed base operation located on the east side of the airport, off of Taxiway H. This is Atlantic's first Greenfield project.
Southwest Airlines has one of its largest customer service and support centers on the northern grounds of Will Rogers World Airport.
Will Rogers World Airport is home to Metro Technology Center's Aviation Career Campus. The aviation center offers training to prepare aircraft maintenance technicians with Classrooms, practical labs, and separate airframe and powerplant hangars are available for academic and hands-on training. The Aviation Maintenance Technician program is an 18-month course that is certified and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The facility is on the west side of the airport, north of the FAA center. One notable sight on the MetroTech campus includes a donated [[AirTran Airways]] DC-9-30 in the post AirTran Airways / ValuJet merger colors.
Will Rogers World Airport permanently hosts the Ninety Nines Museum of Women Pilots. The facility is located on more than 5,000 square feet (460 m2), occupying the entire second floor of the International Headquarters building. It features a repository for a unique collection of the papers, personal items and other historic artifacts of some of the most significant achievements and adventures of the international community of women pilots. Its library and exhibit areas will provide new insights into the role women pilots played in the development of aviation.
The City of Oklahoma City Department of Airports is in charge of the three city-owned airports: Will Rogers World Airport, Wiley Post Airport, and Clarence E. Page Airport. The organization is led by Director Mark Kranenburg.
Lariat Landing is a new development on the east side of the airport grounds that encompasses 1,000 acres. The development is meant to generate increased non-airline revenue for the airport while still growing air service. The development will be mixed use with nearly half of it, north of Portland Avenue, designated to direct aviation support (with runway access) with an additional portion dedicated to aviation support companies. The remaining portion south of Portland Avenue will be zoned for retail, industrial, and commercial office space.
The direct aviation parcels of Lariat Landing will be marketed towards aircraft maintenance, aircraft manufacturing, commercial air cargo, and corporate aviation companies. Atlantic Aviation and ARINC are two tenants already located in the new development area. The aviation support district will be targeting companies that provides aviation related goods and services. The target companies include freight forwarders, logistics, cargo, warehousing, distribution operations, and manufacturing companies.
Located between Interstate 44 and Portland Avenue, the office park will have a retail village as the gateway to its campus. It will target offices, hotels/motels, retail, warehouse, distribution, and logistic companies.
Property will only be leased due to FAA requirements and will have a maximum term of 40 years. The realignment of Portland Avenue is currently in process while the new 48-inch waterline installation has already been completed.
On March 26, 1939, a Douglas DC-2, registration NC13727, crashed while attempting to return to the airport. The aircraft, operated by Braniff Airways, had just departed when a cylinder on the left engine tore loose from its mounting and caused a tear in the engine cowling. Subsequent drag from the torn cowling resulted in a stall on the wing, and the plane cartwheeled on to the airport grounds, just yards from the safety of the runway. The Captain cut the fuel switches just before impact, but misted fuel from the tanks spread over the hot engines, causing a fire. The Captain, First Officer, and three passengers survived. The flight's Hostess and seven passengers, however, perished in the disaster.
A Rockwell Sabreliner, registration N5565 crashed on January 15, 1974, after descending below minimums on an ILS approach in low clouds and fog.
On December 21, 2012, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Cessna Citation crashed during landing at Will Rogers Airport.
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- (PDF), effective August 20, 2015
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- Resources for this airport: