A development project at Wiley Post Airport will provide new space to park corporate jets. Construction crews are working to add electricity, plumbing and taxiways to 40 acres on the northeast side of the airport, at North Rockwell Avenue and West Wilshire Boulevard. The lots will be leased to people or businesses to build private hangars, airport manager Tim Whitman said. The project will cost about $2.7 million and is expected to be done in January. Leasing rates have not yet been set. Whitman said he’s already had jet owners express interest in the planned hangar space, which will be landscaped, gated and lighted. "We just don’t have any vacancies right now, so there’s definitely a need,” he said. Hangar spaces will vary in size, likely ranging from 10,000 square-feet for small aircraft to 40,000 square-feet for large corporate jets, Whitman said. Lessees will be asked to have hangar plans and specifications approved before building. The lots will be equipped with utilities so the hangars can have heat, lighting, power doors, small offices or even a rest room with a shower.
Drawing new businessWhitman said the new project will be another feature to attract business owners to Wiley Post Airport. "Basing aircraft here brings new jobs into the city,” he said. Mark Kranenburg, director of airports for Oklahoma City, said the new hangars will encourage commerce at Wiley Post Airport, which is designed to relieve Will Rogers World Airport of general aviation traffic. Aviation businesses based at Wiley Post Airport can provide jet owners with aircraft parts, repairs, pilot training and other services. "There is a lot to offer at Wiley Post Airport to anyone that has a hangar out there,” Kranenburg said.