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OKC airport begins work on expanded terminal, new gates

Construction has begun at Will Rogers World Airport to expand the terminal and add four gates.

Passengers and visitors to the airport will have 150,000 additional square feet once the project is finished. Airport officials said Friday they expect the work to be complete in two years.

The $89 million project is the final phase of a study done in the late 1990s, said Oklahoma City Airports Director Mark Kranenburg. The last expansion in 2006 focused on aesthetics and functional areas of the terminal by streamlining the concourse and increasing the size of gate areas.

"In the end, the square footage in the concourse was doubled. However, Phase Two only netted the airport one new gate," Kranenburg said.

Will Rogers now has 18 gates, and all of them are currently in use. Three of the four new gates will be used by Delta Airlines but the fourth won't be leased. It will instead be used by the airport as needed, like if a flight needs to divert to Oklahoma City because of weather.

Plans for the terminal will let officials add even more gates, for a total of nine, in the expansion area.

"We didn't want to be in a position where we couldn't attract new air service from a new carrier, and we also didn't want to be in a position where our existing carriers could not expand service," Kranenburg said.

The terminal expansion was designed by Oklahoma City-based FSB with conceptual design help from HOK. The general contractor is Timberlake Construction.

Goals for this expansion include adding the four new gates, plus another five if there is enough demand. There will be a streamlined, eight-lane security checkpoint, larger restrooms, a second pet relief area and a lactation room.

The escalator connecting the terminal with ticketing and baggage areas will be moved to relieve congestion. A new 4,200-square-foot mezzanine for nontraveling visitors to the airport will serve as a viewing platform.

"We'll have everything that the modern traveler expects," said Mayor David Holt, who said increasing the number of nonstop flights to and from Oklahoma City is critical to the economy.

Holt said the city will continue lobbying for more nonstop airline traffic beyond the 28 flights that airlines already take.

"With a new convention center and a growing economy, and having one of the fastest-growing millennial populations in the country, we have every reason to believe that we're going to have more airlines coming to us with more ideas for nonstop destinations that are going to require more gates and more planes at this airport," Holt said. "We don't ever want to be in the position where someone is offering us a new nonstop destination and we simply don't have any room for them."

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<strong>Officials stand on the groundbreaking runway Friday to launch a ceremonial plane during a ceremony for the official launch of the Will Rogers World Airport Terminal Expansion Project at the airport in Oklahoma City. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Officials stand on the groundbreaking runway Friday to launch a ceremonial plane during a ceremony for the official launch of the Will Rogers World Airport Terminal Expansion Project at the airport in Oklahoma City. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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