Eppley Airfield is an airport situated within the three miles north-east of downtown Omaha, Nebraska, Nebraska, Douglas County, United States. The airport codes are IATA: OMA, FAA LID: OMA, ICAO: KOMA. It serves ten times more passengers than all other airports combined in Nebraska, and hence, it is the largest airport in the county. Owned and run by the Omaha Airport Authority, it serves the largest city of Nebraska – Omaha, and the surrounding countries, parts of communities of South Dakota and Kansas, Missouri.
The Capacity of the Eppley Airfield and The Annual Passenger Traffic
Omaha Eppley Airfield occupies around 2,650 acres (1,070 ha) and handles approximately 130 daily flights to 33 non-stop destinations, along with operating seven airlines. According to the Annual Passenger Traffic records, Eppley reached its peak and had the busiest year in 2018, serving over 5 million passengers.
Omaha Eppley Airfield – Brief History
In 1925, Eppley Airfield began as an extension of Levi Carter Park near East Omaha. The City of Omaha occupied 200 acres of land on the east side of Carter Lake. Almost at the same time, planes started operating there. Later in 1927, the lawsuit was against the city since the group wanted to build a hangar. The trial failed, and the land, as a result, was called both the American Legion Airport and the Omaha Municipal Airport.
In 1957 Official Airline Guide announced 42 scheduled airline daily departures, in which United Airlines and 19 ran 23 by Braniff International Airways. The airport acquired its name for Eugene C. Eppley, founder of the Eppley Hotel chain. Around $1.0 million was used from his estate to finish the Omaha Municipal Airport for jet aircraft in the 1960s. In August 1960, the first jets that landed in Omaha were United Airlines Boeing 720s. In 1961, the terminal building, designed by James C. Buckley, Inc.
Present and Future Airport Developments
Eppley Airfield, with six long runways and 4.3 million passengers in 2016, was served by major U.S. airlines in which Southwest Airlines is the dominant airline that operates non-stop flights between U.S. cities worldwide. Current airlines serving OMA airfield are Alaska, Allegiant, Southwest, Frontier, American, Delta, and United.
In 2019 a new rental car facility and parking garage opened at the site of former Surface Lot. The previous 'Canopy Lot' is currently used as a temporary rental car pick-up and car return lot.