Omaha is biggest airport in Nebraska; Southwest is leading carrier
Situated just a few kilometres north-east of downtown Omaha, next to the Missouri river, and surrounded on three sides by Iowa, Nebraska’s busiest airport is named after Eugene C. Eppley, who ran a successful hotel chain in the 1950s before selling it to Sheraton. Pre-pandemic, the airport was handling just over five million passengers per annum and had seen impressive traffic growth of 21% between 2015 and 2018, with several airlines contributing to the growth.
In 2019, the leading carriers at the airport were Southwest (32.6% of passengers), Delta (21.5%), American (19.0%) and United (18.1%). Alaska Airlines (3.2%), Frontier (2.9%) and Allegiant (2.3%) were the other US carriers present, while Air Canada accounted for 13,394 passengers on flights to Toronto. The top five routes in 2019 were Denver, Chicago ORD, Atlanta, Chicago MDW and Dallas/Fort Worth. Destin-Ft Walton Beach and Nashville were new additions in 2019, while services to Austin, Milwaukee, San Antonio and Tampa had been lost.
Last year traffic fell by 57%, and seasonal flights to Portland and Toronto were suspended. However, Southwest began service to Atlanta last November (competing with Delta), while this year sees the return of Portland and Tampa services courtesy of Alaska Airlines and Southwest, respectively. American is starting service to New York LGA in November (competing with Delta), while Allegiant is introducing Los Angeles service in June (competing with American).