History

Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC, ICAO: KOKC) was opened in 1911 and named after Will Rogers, the legendary cowboy who died in an airplane crash in 1935. The airport received its name in 1941.

During World War II the airfield was the airbase for the United States Army Air Force that held many fighter and bomber units training.

In 1951, four new runways were presented: the runway 3 which was 5497-feet long, the runway 8 which was 3801-feet long, the runway 12 which was 5652-feet long, and the runway 17 which was 5100-feet long.

Since 1957, lots of domestic flights were presented to Chicago, Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa, Dallas, and Los Angeles.

By the 1990s, the former terminal building was deemed difunctional; therefore, the three-phase construction plan was presented later on. The renovation started in 2001 with the Phase I that included the demolition of the former elevator core and construction of the new one, the building of new entrance and exit ramps, reconstruction of the roof for the ground level.

The next construction Phase II included construction of the new concourse, which was finished by 2005.

The last Phase III concluded the complete construction of the concourse, together with the eight new gates, restaurant, and baggage claim area.

The airport became the hub for the regional Tulsa airline, Great Plains Airlines, in 2001. However, the airlines declared bankruptcy and ceased its operations in 2004.