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Oklahoma City unveils plans for $70 million expansion at Will Rogers World Airport

The planned $70 million project would expand the terminal, improve security check-in procedures and add a concourse with three new gates at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
by William Crum Modified: March 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014
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/articleid/3939884/1/pictures/2323419">Photo - Two bronze sculptures by Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser have been installed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Standing eight feet tall and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, the statue “Prayer,” right, is in the central concourse near the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. “The Future” statue is a bit smaller and is on the lower level by Baggage Claim 4.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Two bronze sculptures by Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser have been installed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Standing eight feet tall and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, the statue “Prayer,” right, is in the central concourse near the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. “The Future” statue is a bit smaller and is on the lower level by Baggage Claim 4. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Will Rogers is served primarily by United Airlines, which has five gates, and by Delta and Southwest (three each), American (two) and Frontier (one gate). About 12,000 travelers pass through each day.

Flights adding seats

The airlines have been adding seats to departing flights, a contrast to reduced service at like-size airports in cities including Providence, R.I.; Hartford, Conn.; Omaha, Neb.; Reno, Nev., and Tucson, Ariz., according to Kranenburg’s presentation to the council.

US Airways, which is in the process of being combined with American Airlines, is adding two daily flights to Charlotte, N.C., starting July 2. A new airport rental car center is under construction and is expected to open in the spring of 2015.

Plans for the new centralized security checkpoint include eight lanes for passenger screening, replacing the two current three-lane checkpoints. A centralized exit is expected to provide better accommodations for visitors meeting arriving passengers.

by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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