Despite the challenges that 2020 has presented, our team at Stillwater Regional Airport (SWO) remains dedicated to providing quality regional air service to Stillwater and the surrounding areas. If you aren’t familiar with our airport, welcome! Allow us to tell you a little bit about ourselves.
Stillwater Regional Airport (SWO) is a public airport in Payne County, OK that offers commercial flights and serves general aviation needs. The airport averages more than 80,000 aircraft operations annually and is ranked as the fourth busiest airport in Oklahoma.
As the closest airport to Oklahoma State University (OSU), we are a great resource for visiting professors, speakers, students, and faculty who need to travel in and out of Stillwater. In 2021, SWO will be the home of OSU’s new state-of-the-art flight center. We also charter flights for OSU’s athletic teams. Go Pokes!
Stillwater Regional Airport is thankful to have such a supportive local community. From the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce to local residents and business owners, community support allows our airport to thrive. That’s why it is so important for us to protect our community’s investments and make the airport the best economic asset that it can be.
Since the introduction of commercial air service in 2016, the airport has seen continuous growth and 2019 was no exception. We served a record-breaking number of over 58,000 passengers and saw an 8% increase in passengers, with growth percentages surpassing several comparison markets.
The airport is also set to be the home of OSU’s new flight school where more than 300 flight students will be counting on the recovery of the airline industry to find jobs. Our local economy is strengthened by visitors who fly into town and spend money on food, lodging, retail, and entertainment, but Stillwater Regional Airport doesn’t just help our community. According to a comprehensive 2017 Economic Impact Study, SWO contributes to the employment of 664 individuals and has an estimated $70,394,273 total annual economic impact on the state of Oklahoma.
SWO has averaged a 72% load factor from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019, which is the highest average load factor for peer markets during that time.
Throughout the past year, SWO has made significant improvements to its facilities. Winter travelers will experience fewer delays thanks to our new de-icing equipment. If you walk through our main terminal you may notice a new indoor baggage claim area, a fresh paint job, and the introduction of advertising fixtures. Outside you can see our main runway’s newly completed parallel taxiway system and several ongoing construction projects.
As our passenger numbers grow, so do we. Here are a few projects that we are currently working on to improve our facility and make room for expansion.
Purchase of new Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Apparatus
Our airport family will always remain committed to all who #FlySWO and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Content last reviewed 08.19.2020