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Eppley Airfield

Eppley Airfield is a nice little airport. Located just a few minutes (about 3 mi) northeast of downtown, like a lot of things in Omaha, it’s just the right size. With little of the traffic and congestion that plagues many US airports, at Eppley, you can step on a plane only a few minutes after leaving your house or hotel room. You can even try to squeeze in a quick 18 at your preferred pre-flight golf club, if you swing that way. Click below to jump to the Eppley Airfield information you crave, or read on to learn more about Eppley:

Prior to being called Eppley Airfield, wee Omaha Municipal Airport was converted into a modern jet port in 1959-60, following a $1 million donation from the estate of Omaha hotel magnate Eugene C. Eppley. Today, almost 4.5 million passengers pass through Eppley each year.

While certainly not as large as JFK, LAX, or O’Hare, Eppley Airfield offers service to popular stops across the country. Southwest Airlines and United Airlines dominate the airport, accounting for nearly 50% of the almost 400 flights Eppley handles per week. The Airfield serves not only Omaha and Council Bluffs, but also eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, northern Kansas, northwest Missouri, and even southern South Dakota.

Book Early and Save!In fact, Eppley Airfield boasts six beautiful runways, making it the largest airport in Nebraska. Hawk Field, Omaha’s other airport, only has one runway. Then again, Hawk Field is designed for unmanned, radio-controlled planes, and Eppley Airfield handles big, people-moving jets. So, perhaps the proportions are just about right. But Hawk Field is fun, check it out!

Local trivia: those coming to Eppley from downtown Omaha actually have to cross through Iowa via the small slice of Abbott Drive signed as Iowa Highway 165. Those coming from Iowa have to cross the Missouri River into Nebraska. And those coming from the north probably think all this crossing is very comical, as they do neither! Specific arrival and departure information can be found from Eppley Airfield’s website.

Rental Cars

You can take your pick from a bunch of rental car companies:

  Rental Car Company Phone Number
  Alamo 800-462-5266
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  Dollar 800-800-4000
  Enterprise 800-325-8007
  Hertz 800-654-3131
  National 800-227-7368
  Thrifty 800-367-2277

Airport Shuttles

There’s quite a few shuttle options for Omaha and the surrounding area. The Ground Transportation Center has direct phones for some shuttle companies, located inside of Door #3 on the lower level of the terminal building. Here’s website and phone info for the rest:

Shuttle Company Phone Number
A & B Shuttle, serving Douglas & Sarpy County. 877-359-6624
Black Tie Limousine & Shuttle Service with airport service to Omaha’s Eppley Airfield, Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls Regional Airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 800-938-2608
Dashabout Roadrunner specializes in rural transportation to greater Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming. 800-720-3274
Eppley Express with service between Omaha, Kearney, Grand Island-Hastings, York, and Lincoln. 800-888-9793
OMALink provides airport shuttle to/from Lincoln and Omaha. 877-473-5465
Oma-Sioux offers airport and community shuttle service to/from Omaha, Sioux City, Le Mars, Sioux Center, Sioux Falls, and Vermillion. 888-233-1131

Taxis

Those wishing to “fly” back to Omaha solo have two cab companies to chose from. Cabs wait outside of Door #2 on the South side of the terminal, but there is a call button on the island canopy outside of Door #4 to call cabs north if you find yourself there:

Taxi Company Phone Number
Safeway - Committed to “green” service, check out their website for a $5 coupon! 402-342-7474
Happy Cab - Omaha’s largest transportation authority, offering 24/7 service 402-333-8294

Billy Courte, an enterprising Safeway Cabbie, also operates The Omaha Taxi, which boasts a cab offering such amenities as Wi-Fi Internet service, power outlets, and TV and DVD playback.

Busses

Busses stop at the Airfield every 30 minutes when in service, but be sure to check the Omaha Metro Area Transit website to make sure, as hours are limited. The schedule for Route #16, which stops at the airport terminal, can be found by searching here. If you need to make a bus connection to Route #16, which is pretty likely unless you’re staying directly downtown, a look at the bus system map might be helpful.

Airport Parking

Airport ParkingLong-Term parking starts at $2 per half hour, capped at $12 a day, while the convenient Quick-Park starts at .75 per 20 minutes, capped at $24 a day. Those willing to walk a little longer, or take the free shuttle bus, can see their weekly parking rates drop to $27 - $40 per week, depending on the lot (stay on Abbott Drive, just past the Airfield entrance). Hey look! A coupon for $1 off daily parking!

Wi-Fi Internet

Unlike many other airports, wireless internet access as Eppley is free. Isn’t that sweet? Your laptop should get a signal almost anywhere in the airport and connect automatically. If it doesn’t, open your wireless software, and look for the SSID Oma-Freewifi. Next stop: Omaha.net!

Arrival and Departure Information

Concourse A

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The airlines listed below use gates A1-A10 and baggage claims 1, 2, and 3:

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Chicago-O’Hare
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta
Delta Connection operated by Comair Atlanta, New York-LaGuardia
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Salt Lake City
Frontier Airlines Denver
Midwest Connect operated by Republic Airlines Milwaukee, Washington-Reagan
Midwest Connect operated by SkyWest Airlines Milwaukee
Northwest Airlines Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Northwest Airlink operated by Mesaba Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Northwest Airlink operated by Pinnacle Airlines Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Concourse B

The following airlines use gates B11-B20 and baggage claims 4, 5, and 6:

Airlines Destinations
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Southwest Airlines Chicago-Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis
United Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Denver
United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Chicago-O’Hare
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O’Hare
United Express operated by Trans States Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Denver
US Airways Phoenix
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Phoenix