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Will Rogers World Airport
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Will Rogers World Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Oklahoma City Airport Trust
Location Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Elevation AMSL 1,295 ft / 394.7 m
Coordinates 35°23′35.11″N 97°36′02.64″W / 35.3930861, -97.6007333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17L/35R 9,802 2,988 Concrete
17R/35L 9,800 2,987 Concrete
13/31 7,800 2,377 Asphalt/Concrete
18/36 3,079 938 Asphalt
Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC, ICAO: KOKC) is located in southwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Will Rogers airport (as it is often called) is located 6 statute miles from downtown Oklahoma City and is the principal commercial airport of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area.

The airport is named in honor of comedian and legendary cowboy, Will Rogers, who was killed in a plane crash.

In 2006, over 3.6 million passengers[1] passed through Will Rogers World Airport, making it the busiest airport in the state in terms of passenger traffic.[citation needed]

1 Terminal and Expansion
1.1 Other Notables
2 Airlines and destinations
2.1 Passenger Airlines
2.2 Charter Airlines
2.3 Cargo Airlines
3 Transportation
4 Key Staff
5 References
5.1 External links

[edit] Terminal and Expansion
Will Rogers World Airport (WRWA) has undergone a massive renovation in recent years. The 1960s-era twin concourses of the old terminal building were demolished to make way for a larger, expanded terminal with modern functionalities with integrated concourses and high ceilings.

The architecture of the building uses native stone along with loft-ceilings, plate glass and brushed metal. This provides a more open feel to the terminal waiting areas, similar to the large hub airports without being quite so large in scale.

Passenger departure areas at OKC-Will Rogers World Airport.There were also updates outside the buildings, such as landscaping improvements.

Phase-II of the renovation project was officially completed in November 2006.[2] The terminal currently has 17 gates via the West Concourse and Main Terminal airside in addition to expanded baggage claim areas, restaurant, bar, and retail space. [3]

Will Rogers has wi-fi options available throughout the facility. The airport recently opened cafes in the passenger departure and arrival areas, to provide an option for guests who are not flying passengers. [4]

The airport is currently seeing construction of a new parking facility, which will increase capacity by a reported 40% due to increase passenger demand. Currently there are roughly 5,500 parking spaces at the airport.

There is a Phase-III capital plan which calls for the construction of a new concourse to the east, with at least eight additional gates as well as expanded retail, restaurant, and baggage areas. This will be undertaken as passenger traffic warrants. [5] Phase III could be added when passenger traffic and airline needs exceeded the capacity of Phase II."

[edit] Other Notables
The Federal Aviation Administration has major facilities on the airport grounds, including the headquarters for the 'Air Route Traffic Control' and Training Academy. AAR Oklahoma has a major MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) facility and regional headquarters at Will Rogers World Airport; in addition there are other aircraft maintenance and AOG (aircraft on ground) organizations based there.

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.

Will Rogers World Airport is home to MetroTech's aviation career center, and is also usually the site of the annual Aerospace America airshow.

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 utilize the Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City's FAA-designated reliever facility.

Will Rogers World Airport is unique in that its name only mentions a famous person and makes no reference to its city location, much like John F. Kennedy International. It is also one of only a handful of major airports not to use the "International" designation and is the only airport to use the term "World" in its name.

Will Rogers World Airport also holds the distinction of being named after a person who died in an airplane crash, as does the city's other major airport, Wiley Post Airport.

[edit] Airlines and destinations
Will Rogers World Airport provides the Oklahoma City area with over 91 departures a day, with daily non-stop service to 26 cities. [6] Many of the flights continue as direct service to other major markets and international connections.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The ice storm that's hit Oklahoma is causing delays at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Airport spokeswoman Jennifer McCollum says there are many cancellations today because no incoming flights were able to land at the airport last night.

She says the cancellations vary from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Ontario, California, to Baltimore and Newark, New Jersey.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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