Will Rogers World Airport is located just 6 miles away from Oklahoma City and is the primary airport of the area. Named after famous cowboy, comedian and Oklahoma native Will Rogers, it caters to some 3.7 million passengers annually making it the state's busiest airport.
Will Rogers Field, as it was once known, was originally used as a training ground for the US Army Air Force. Numerous fighter and bomber groups were stationed and trained there before it became a largely commercial operation, with expansions and improvements being made ever since.
Today the airport is still in the midst of terminal expansion, with a $100 million project underway that will take 3-5 years to complete. Currently it's home to three runways (two parallel runways that are 9,800 ft long and one cross-wind runway of 7,800 ft) that see some 85 departures a day. These include direct flights as well as connections, with airlines flying to and from the airport including Delta, Frontier, Northwest and Continental.
The airport is also capable of handling large amounts of cargo with around 71 million pounds of packages arriving and departing annually. Cargo airlines operating from Will Rogers Airport include UPS Airlines, FedEx Express and BAX Global.
In terms of facilities, Will Rogers World Airport has everything travelers could need. Retail outlets, coffee shops and restaurants provide the entertainment for passengers waiting to travel, with ATM's, shoe shines and a smoker's lounge also being available. For those catching up on work there's free wireless Internet access provided throughout the airport, but passengers should bear in mind that there isn't a currency exchange facility available so it's wise to change any currency beforehand.
For parking there are both short-term and long-term options, including a multi-level hourly car park with direct access to the terminal (the first hour is free), as well as a five-storey daily car park and several long-stay lots with a free shuttle bus to transport passengers to the terminal. The long-term lot costs $4 a day or $20 a week, the semi-covered long-term lot and 5-storey garage cost $5 per day and $25 for the week, or the hourly garage is $1 an hour up to a maximum of $23 a day.
For those who don't want to drive to the airport there are bus services running from Oklahoma City and the surrounding area, a taxi, van or limo service (with prior reservation) and various car hire companies at the terminal including Alamo, Hertz and Dollar.
Will Rogers World Airport enjoys a prime location and is ideally situated to serve all of Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. With numerous flights to cities all over the US as well as all the convenience that travelers come to expect, it serves both local and further-afield passengers well.