Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) is located six miles (8km) from downtown Oklahoma City. The airport is named for a popular comedian and cowboy from Oklahoma. In fact, travelers going to Oklahoma should be sure to pack their Stetson, or just have fun seeing how many cowboys you can spot while at the airport.
The airport has a limited selection of shops and restaurants and only one terminal with concourses branching off it. It serves nearly 3.5 million people each year. While this makes it Oklahoma’s busiest airport, it is not a high-traffic airport by North American standards.
Flights to Will Rogers World Airport can be booked on many popular US airlines. There are a number of cities across the US with flight connections to Oklahoma City; some of the busiest non-stop flights to Will Rogers World Airport come from Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Newark, Detroit and Salt Lake City.
Will Rogers World Airport offers a more personal feel to flying. Yes, there are still security checks and sometimes the queues can get long, but most of the time passengers will have an easy airport experience. Perhaps, naming airports after comedians makes them less stressful places or maybe it’s just the laid-back feel of Oklahoma.
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Taxi: Passengers using taxis from Will Rogers World Airport can find them in the Transportation Plaza, which is easy to find from the baggage claim area. Cabs generally advertise their rates in the vehicle. An average taxi fare from the airport to downtown Oklahoma is $24-26. Taxi companies operating at Will Rogers World Airport include A-1 Taxis Service, Yellow Cab, and Thunder Cab. There are also a number of shuttle companies available to passengers.
Bus: Metro Transit Bus Service route 11 services the airport from Monday to Saturday. Buses depart from the Transportation Plaza near the baggage-claim area. Tickets are $1.50 and the bus leaves the airport roughly every 90 minutes between 5:50am and 7:45pm during the week and 6:20am and 6:45pm on Saturdays. There are also a number of other buses leaving from Will Rogers World Airport, but these are mainly for military personnel.
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There is a range of parking options at Will Rogers World Airport. The hourly parking garage is located closest to the terminal building. The first hour is free; thereafter it costs $1 per hour. The five-story covered parking garage is connected to the terminal via a climate-controlled tunnel. Airport parking in this garage costs $7 per day. Surface lot 32 is adjacent to the parking garages; it costs $5 per day and is serviced by shuttle buses. Lot 3 is a canopy-covered long-term lot that costs $6 per day, and is also serviced by shuttles. Lot 1 is a long-term remote parking lot located on Amelia Earhart Drive. There are 12 bus shelters in and around this parking lot, from which passengers can catch a shuttle to the airport. The long-term parking costs $4 per day. A cell phone waiting area is just across the street from the shuttle parking on the way to the terminal. Passengers getting picked up from the airport should get their drivers to wait there until they are ready to be collected.
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Information desks are located just after the passenger drop-off area on the upper level and adjacent to baggage claim three in the arrivals floor. Staff members speak English and occasionally Spanish.
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Money and communications: ATMs are available both before and after security. Airport mailers are provided for passengers who forgot to pack dangerous items in their check-in baggage: fees start at $9 per item mailed within the US. As a guide, it costs $14 for a Zippo cigarette lighter to be mailed domestically and $32 for it to be mailed internationally.
Luggage: Trolleys are available at the airport for a fee of $4 per cart. Lost-and-found items are handled by the Airport Police Department. A skycap service is also available at the airport. Curbside check-in services are assisted by skycaps who should be tipped $1 per bag if checked at the curbside and $2 per bag if they take it to the check-in counter.
Conference and business: Meeting and conference rooms are available at Will Rogers World Airport. The rooms available range from a meeting room for up to five people, to the Osage room for up to 100 people and a conference room seating 25 to 30 people. Business services include faxing, photocopying and notary services.
Other facilities: Visitors can page passengers at the airport, and shoeshine services, pet-relief area, wheelchair assistance, a smoking lounge, mobile phone chargers, and massage chairs are available for passengers.
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal. All passengers get 20 minutes of free Wi-Fi, provided by Will Rogers World Airport and Boingo. Thereafter passengers will have to purchase airtime from Boingo at $7.95 per day.
Shopping: Will Rogers World Airport has a modest selection of shopping opportunities. In the ticket lobby passengers can buy magazines and newspapers at CNBC Express, while the East Concourse has a Capital City TravelMart stocking everything from electronics to gourmet food items. The Center Concourse has a CNBC and a Big 12 Shop, stocking a range of college sports memorabilia. The West Concourse has the most options, with a Capital City Travelmart, PGA and Brighton shop stocking shirts, jewelry and accessories, and Oklahoma Marketplace stocks a selection of gifts and clothing.
Food and drink: From the ticket lobby to the central food court and the west concourse, passengers certainly won’t go hungry at Will Rogers World Airport. Many of the dining options are open from 5am until 7:30pm or 8pm at the latest. Some firm favorites include Schlotzsky’s, Salt Lick Barbecue, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Bar 1907, Route 66, Java Dave’s and Red Bud Bar.
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