Aiport passes record by 415K travelers
Will Rogers World Airport broke the 4 million mark in 2018 while achieving its second-consecutive record-setting year for passenger traffic, airport officials announced this week.
A total of 4,341,159 passengers passed through the airport last year, outpacing the previous record set in 2017 by 415,801 travelers. That’s an increase ofmore than 10 percent. “We’re pleased to see the significant growth and continued growth at the airport,” said Karen Carney, an airport spokeswoman. “... It’s a reflection on our community and what’s happening here and the economy and a lot of the good things that are happening like the streetcar and the convention center.
“We think this is just another benchmark of what’s happening in our community and the success it’s enjoying.”
Key air service announcements, which created more options for Oklahoma travelers, played a role in the numbers gain, Carney said. “Whenever you have new service, it seems to stimulate passenger traffic,”she said.
Some of the big air service announcements recently have included Southwest Airlines adding daily nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Va., and weekly service to Nashville. American Airlines added nonstop service to Philadelphia and to Phoenix, Carney said. American
Airlines will also add nonstop service to Ronald Reagan in February.
Allegiant Air added more flights to Destin, Florida, and Los Angeles.
Several carriers added larger aircraft, which created more capacity for Oklahoma City flyers, Carney said. “Just by the fact that we had more places to go, more seating capacity, that stimulated the market,” she said. “But that goes hand-in-hand to your economy and business and growth in business.”
The growth validates the airport’s upcoming expansion project, which will add four new gates, a new checkpoint and other features, Carney said.
Airport officials expect to break ground the first week in March and anticipate completing the project in the first quarter of 2021.
Travelers wait in November to board flights out of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.