Eppley Airfield

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Eppley Airfield
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IATA: OMAICAO: KOMAFAA LID: OMA
Summary
Owner/OperatorOmaha Airport Authority
ServesEastern Nebraska, western Iowa
LocationOmaha, Nebraska
Elevation AMSL984 ft / 300 m
Coordinates41°18′04″N 95°53′43″W / 41.3012°N 95.8954°W / 41.3012; -95.8954
Websitewww.flyoma.com
Map
FAA airport diagram
OMA is located in Nebraska
OMA
Location within Nebraska
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
14R/32L9,5022,896Asphalt/Concrete
14L/32R8,5002,591Concrete
18/368,1532,485Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2009, 2010)
Passengers (2010)4,287,428
Aircraft operations (2009)111,155
Cargo in pounds (2009)102,149,802
Mail in pounds (2009)54,305,909
Sources: FAA[1] and airport web site[2]
 
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Eppley Airfield
OMA airport logo2.png
OMA airport pic.png
IATA: OMAICAO: KOMAFAA LID: OMA
Summary
Owner/OperatorOmaha Airport Authority
ServesEastern Nebraska, western Iowa
LocationOmaha, Nebraska
Elevation AMSL984 ft / 300 m
Coordinates41°18′04″N 95°53′43″W / 41.3012°N 95.8954°W / 41.3012; -95.8954
Websitewww.flyoma.com
Map
FAA airport diagram
OMA is located in Nebraska
OMA
Location within Nebraska
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
14R/32L9,5022,896Asphalt/Concrete
14L/32R8,5002,591Concrete
18/368,1532,485Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2009, 2010)
Passengers (2010)4,287,428
Aircraft operations (2009)111,155
Cargo in pounds (2009)102,149,802
Mail in pounds (2009)54,305,909
Sources: FAA[1] and airport web site[2]

Eppley Airfield (IATA: OMAICAO: KOMAFAA LID: OMA) is a medium hub airport three miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County, Nebraska. It is the largest airport in Nebraska and is named for Eugene C. Eppley, the Eppley Hotel magnate of Omaha, from whose estate $1.0 million was used to convert the Omaha Municipal Airport into a jetport in 1959/1960.[3]

The airport occupies 2,650 acres (1,070 ha) and handles about 90 airline flights per day.[2]

History[edit]

The April 1957 OAG shows 42 scheduled airline departures a day: 23 United and 19 Braniff.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The current terminal building, opened in 1961, was designed by James C. Buckley, Inc.[4] Concourse B opened in 1972 and was remodeled in 1986 while Concourse A opened in 1986.[5]

Midwest Airlines established a focus city at Eppley Airfield, which has expanded since that airline's merger with Frontier Airlines. As of February 2012, all scheduled airline flights from Omaha terminate within the United States. The airport handled more than 4.2 million passengers in 2011. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines are the first-, second-, and third-largest carriers, respectively, and serve about 29 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent, respectively, of passengers.[2]

Location[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Terminals and Concourses[edit]

Eppley Airfield has three terminals and two passenger concourses.

Central Terminal[edit]

The Central Terminal contains Gate 21 and ticketing desks for long-distance shuttle vans such as I-80 Navigator Express.

North Terminal and Concourse B[edit]

The North Terminal houses ticketing, baggage claim and security screening for airlines served by Concourse B (gates B11-B20), as well as half of the rental car counters. The airport's largest and 3rd largest operators, Southwest and United, are served by Concourse B along with US Airways.

South Terminal and Concourse A[edit]

The South Terminal houses ticketing, baggage claim and security screening for airlines served by Concourse A (gates A1-A10), as well as half of the rental car counters. The airport's 2nd largest carrier, Delta, operates out of Concourse A along with Alaska, American and Frontier.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsConcourse
Alaska Airlines operated by SkyWest AirlinesSeattle/TacomaA
American AirlinesDallas/Fort WorthA
American Eagle operated by EnvoyChicago-O'HareA
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, Minneapolis/St.PaulA
Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua AirlinesWashington-National (ends March 1, 2014)A
Delta Connection operated by Compass AirlinesMinneapolis/St. PaulA
Delta Connection operated by Endeavor AirDetroit, Minneapolis/St. PaulA
Delta Connection operated by ExpressJetAtlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. PaulA
Delta Connection operated by GoJet AirlinesNew York-LaGuardia
Seasonal: Orlando
A
Delta Connection operated by Shuttle AmericaWashington-National (begins March 2, 2014)A
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest AirlinesDetroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake CityA
Frontier AirlinesDenver
Seasonal: Orlando
A
Southwest AirlinesChicago-Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. LouisB
United AirlinesChicago-O'Hare, Denver
Seasonal: Houston-Intercontinental
B
United Express operated by ExpressJetChicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, NewarkB
United Express operated by GoJet AirlinesChicago-O'Hare, DenverB
United Express operated by Republic AirlinesDenverB
United Express operated by Shuttle AmericaChicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, NewarkB
United Express operated by SkyWest AirlinesDenver, Houston-IntercontinentalB
US AirwaysPhoenixB
US Airways Express operated by SkyWest AirlinesPhoenixB
US Airways Express operated by Mesa AirlinesCharlotte, PhoenixB
US Airways Express operated by Republic AirlinesWashington-NationalB

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from OMA (November 2012 - October 2013)[6]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Denver, CO319,000Frontier, Southwest, United
2Chicago, IL (ORD)196,000American, United
3Chicago, IL (MDW)189,000Southwest
4Dallas/Fort Worth, TX188,000American
5Atlanta, GA171,000Delta
6Minneapolis, MN149,000Delta
7Phoenix, AZ143,000Southwest, US Airways
8Las Vegas, NV109,000Southwest
9St. Louis, MO97,000Southwest
10Houston, TX86,000United

Public Transportation[edit]

MAT Line 16[7] provides weekday-only service southbound toward downtown and northbound toward the North Omaha Transit Center. Passenger access is located directly outside the central terminal.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for OMA (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ a b c Eppley Airfield, official web site
  3. ^ Eppley Grant of $1 Million Gives Omaha Jet Field - Lincoln Evening Journal, 1959-12-31
  4. ^ American Aviation 24. 1960. 
  5. ^ Airport Authority of the City of Omaha - Airport Facilities Revenue Bonds
  6. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=OMA&Airport_Name=Omaha,%20NE:%20Eppley%20Airfield&carrier=FACTS
  7. ^ http://www.ometro.com/bus-system/bus-routes/east-omaha-north-16th-weekdays-only

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