Airport expansion another sign that OKC is really taking off

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 By: David McCollum Source: VeloCity

It’s been quite a year for the aviation sector in Oklahoma City. With the opening of Sky West Airlines’ new maintenance hangar at Will Rogers World Airport, the groundbreaking of a manufacturing facility by Kratos Defense and Security Systems, the addition of several non-stop destinations from OKC and the continuing construction of the KC-46A maintenance campus at Tinker Air Force Base, the sky really is the limit when it comes to the number-two economic sector in the state.

All of that and many factors totally unrelated to aviation (think tourism and economic development activities) has contributed to increased passenger traffic levels the past several years at OKC’s primary airport. While that’s a good thing, the airline passenger gateway to OKC had not undergone a major expansion for 12 years, and that project only added one new airline gate and a pre-TSA designed security checkpoint.

But all of that changed on March 29, when city leaders, contractors and airport stakeholders gathered to formally launch the Will Rogers World Airport terminal expansion. Among other improvements, the $89 million project will add four new airline gates, a consolidated security checkpoint and much-needed greeting lounge space.

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