A record number of travelers visited Eppley Airfield in May

June 21, 2024, midnight ·

Photo of Omaha airport from the air
The Omaha airport viewed from a plane shortly after take off. (photo courtesy of Omaha Airport Authority)

Eppley Airfield welcomed a record 487,205 passengers last month.

Omaha's airport narrowly beat its previous monthly record of 486,000 people, set in June 2018.

“It's the start of the summer travel season, we see a lot of travelers coming and going taking trips from Omaha to other destinations,” said Steve McCoy, Omaha Airport Authority Chief Information and Development Officer.

In addition to the summer travel season starting, McCoy added the increased passenger activity was likely impacted by economic factors, as well.

“We’re seeing a lot of good economic indicators in our community,” said McCoy. “Good population growth, demographics and economic development here that's translating into a propensity to travel. As a result, the airlines that serve Eppley Airfield are providing more opportunities than ever before with the flight options to fly in and out.”

Eppley Airfield launched the Terminal Modernization Program earlier this year, but the construction has not impacted airline operations. The $950 million project will bring changes such as international gates, a centralized TSA security checkpoint and new entrance.

“The intent of the terminal modernization program is to enhance the overall traveling experience, as well as support the airfield's future growth,” said McCoy. “As we see more passengers in the future, the new terminal program will be able to accommodate continued growth for many years to come.”

June has potential to beat the record once again, but McCoy said it's too early to tell. Last year, the airport saw a total of 5 million passengers.