The Journal Record
By Brian Brus
OKLAHOMA CITY – An $86 million terminal expansion planned at Will Rogers World Airport will keep pace with growing passenger traffic and airline interest in the city, Oklahoma City Department of Airports Director Mark Kranenburg said.
The airport has only one leasable gate now, which limits its ability to attract new airlines and provide expansion room for existing carriers, Kranenburg said. Even if airlines hadn’t already been asking about space, he said, the city’s growth patterns suggest it’s going to be needed soon anyway.
“It’s a capacity-driven project,” he said. “We need to look forward to accommodate increases in air service. We’ve been successful in recruiting services over the last few years – Alaska Airlines with a route to Seattle, for example … and our enplanements are the highest we’ve ever had. We know this trend will only continue.”
Kranenburg said the airport is funding the terminal from the same sources used for past expansions, the first of which is $4.5 million in grants annually via the Federal Aviation Administration’s airport improvement program. The majority of funds will come from passenger facility charges, the $4.50 per ticket allowed by federal law that must be dedicated to capital expansions related to the movement of passengers and luggage.