By Brian Brus
OKLAHOMA CITY - Will Rogers World Airport needs a $70 million terminal expansion to stay competitive, Director of Airports Mark Kranenburg told City Council members Tuesday.
The request for approval to begin working on finances to support construction followed closely on the heels of an announcement that recently merged American Airlines and US Airways will begin daily nonstop service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport from Will Rogers starting July 2.
The direct flights will leave Oklahoma City at 7:15 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. and leave Charlotte, N.C., at 11:25 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Routes will be operated by US Airways Express and regional partner Mesa Airlines with a Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft that seats up to 70.
"The airport has been experiencing strong growth and it's time to prepare for even more future growth," Kranenburg said. "But we have a lot to deal with - the cargo bay, for example - before we can even begin to work on the expansion itself. So we've got to start planning today.