Eastern Iowa Airport

Coordinates: 41°53′20.68″N 91°42′1.19″W / 41.8890778°N 91.7003306°W / 41.8890778; -91.7003306
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Eastern Iowa Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Cedar Rapids
OperatorCedar Rapids Airport Commission
ServesCedar Rapids / Iowa City
LocationCedar Rapids, Iowa
Elevation AMSL869 ft / 265 m
Coordinates41°53′04.9″N 91°42′38.9″W / 41.884694°N 91.710806°W / 41.884694; -91.710806
CID is located in Iowa
CID is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 8,600 2,622 Concrete
13/31 6,200 1,890 Asphalt/concrete
Total passengers (2022)1,216,130
Cargo (pounds) (2022)71,274,959
Aircraft operations (through 8/31/2022)40,416
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] Eastern Iowa Airport[2]

Eastern Iowa Airport (IATA: CID, ICAO: KCID, FAA LID: CID) is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wright Brothers Boulevard on the south edge of town, two miles (3.2 km) west of Interstate 380. CID covers 3,288 acres (1,331 ha).[1][3]

Airline service[edit]

Gate area at Eastern Iowa airport
Tarmac view (construction work of new runway can be seen in the background)
Terminal view

The airport has been served almost entirely by regional jets, but also sees Delta use Airbus A320s that fly to Atlanta, as well as United with Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s to Denver International Airport and O'Hare International Airport. American has recently upgraded flights in 2022 on Airbus A319s and Airbus A320s to Charlotte, Dallas and Phoenix. Delta uses mostly regional jets to Minneapolis, although the size will increase on most flights there to 70–76 seats with first-class cabins, while Allegiant and Frontier fly Airbus A320 family aircraft. The airport sees five airlines with non-stop flights to seventeen airports. The airport has nine gates on the upper concourse with jet bridge boarding. The airport used to be divided into two concourses, designated (B) and (C). After the renovation, all the B gates were removed and three new gates were added in addition to the C gates. The gates lost their "C" designation and became gates 4–9. The new gates 1–3 serve Delta and Frontier.[4]/Currently the airport is expanding the concourse and an additional 4 gates are being added which will make for 13 gates.

Arriving passengers have a short walk to the baggage claim area. Several national rental car company counters and a courtesy shuttle counter are in this area.

On July 8, 2016, the airport announced new twice-daily service from CID to Charlotte. The service started on November 4, 2016, and is flown on CRJ-700/900s by PSA Airlines, later upgraded to CRJ900 aircraft and currently now all Mainline Airbus Aircraft for American Airlines. On December 18, 2019, American Airlines began daily seasonal service from CID to Phoenix, which became daily year round service as of June 2021. This route used to be flown on CRJ900 aircraft and now is on Airbus 319 aircraft as of November 2022 [5]

Runways are large enough to handle jets chartered by college football teams visiting the University of Iowa.

Runway reconstruction[edit]

On June 3, 2010, runway 9/27 closed for reconstruction, reopening on September 23. A temporary runway had been set up parallel to the closed runway. Beginning July 3, 2010, and lasting for four weeks, Runway 13/31 was also closed as they rebuilt the intersection with Runway 9/27.[6]


Cedar Rapids' first airport was Hunter Field, a private airport established by Dan Hunter in the 1920s on Bowling Street SW north of U.S. Highway 30. The airport was used for private charter service, pilot training, and airmail, but it was unusable during bad weather.

Cedar Rapids Municipal Airport was completed with military funding in 1944 but was not dedicated until April 27, 1947. The Cedar Rapids Parks Department operated the airport until a new Airport Commission was established in 1945; Donald Hines, who led the effort to build the airport, was the commission's director until he retired in 1973; he died in 1975. Scheduled east–west passenger service from United Airlines began in 1947, and north–south passenger service from Ozark Air Lines began in 1957. In 1969, the airport had 31 airline arrivals each weekday and recorded 353,000 passengers that year.

The present terminal designed by Brown, Healey, Bock Architects and Planners[7] was dedicated in 1986 with a ceremony that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole attended. The Cedar Rapids Airport was renamed The Eastern Iowa Airport in 1997 to reflect its status as a regional airport. In 2008 the airport enplaned and deplaned one million passengers for the first time in its history; it set a record in 2017 with 1,143,335 passengers.[8] In 2019, CID set an all-time record with 1,342,496 passengers served.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), Sarasota, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale (begins November 17, 2023)[9]
American Airlines Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor [11]
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington–National[12]
Seasonal: Miami (begins November 11, 2023)[13]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [14]
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul [14]
Frontier Airlines Denver, Orlando[15] [16]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver [17]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver [17]
Passenger destinations map


DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Kansas City
FedEx Express Des Moines, Indianapolis, Madison, Memphis, Sioux Falls
UPS Airlines Boise, Chicago/Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Fargo, Louisville, Miami, Portland (OR), San Bernardino, Sacramento–Mather, Spencer, Sioux Falls


Annual traffic[edit]

Year Passenger statistics
2013 1,042,291
2014 1,132,991
2015 1,105,625
2016 1,087,182
2017 1,143,816
2018 1,205,624
2019 1,342,859
2020 615,935
2021 1,058,884
2022 1,217,308


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from CID (February 2022 – January 2023)[19]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 122,670 American, United
2 Denver, Colorado 109,760 Frontier, United
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 69,530 American
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 46,980 American
5 Atlanta, Georgia 42,970 Delta
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 33,800 Delta
7 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 32,870 Allegiant
8 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona 24,560 American
9 Punta Gorda, Florida 23,360 Allegiant
10 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 22,490 Allegiant

Airport management[edit]

  • Marty Lenss: C.M., Airport Director
  • Donald Swanson: Director of Finance & Administration
  • Todd Gibbs: C.M., Director of Operations
  • Pamela Hinman: Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Kathleen Bell: Deputy Director of Finance & Administration

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • August 30, 1970 – US Navy Blue Angels pilot Lt. Ernie Christensen belly-landed his F-4J Phantom at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids with one engine stuck in afterburner during an airshow at the airport. He ejected safely, while the aircraft ran off the runway.
  • July 11, 1975 – A Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I took off from Cedar Rapids to Dallas-Addison Airport in Dallas, Texas. The aircraft encountered heavy rain on short final, and attempted a go-around. The plane crashed on the runway on its second attempt to land. The probable cause was wind shear or sudden windshift. All occupants survived.

General aviation[edit]

Scheduled airline traffic shares the Eastern Iowa Airport with cargo and general aviation traffic. Numerous nearby airports specialize in general aviation; the closest is Green Castle Airport.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Form 5010 for CID PDF, effective July 13, 2023.
  2. ^ "Des Moines International Airport" (PDF).
  3. ^ "CID airport data at skyvector.com". skyvector.com. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  4. ^ "Construction Updates". flycid.com. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Hinman, Pam. "American Airlines to start PHX service; May is another record-breaker for CID". flycid.com for. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  6. ^ Ford, George C. (June 2, 2010). "Airport Runway Closure Planned for Thursday". KCRG.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  7. ^ Kirchen, Rich (August 5, 1987). "Paul Manuel to Redesign Dubuque Airport Terminal". Telegraph Herald. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Record Year at Eastern Iowa Airport - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories". cbs2iowa.com. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Allegiant will offer nonstop flight to Fort Lauderdale from The Eastern Iowa Airport". The Gazette.
  10. ^ "Allegiant Air". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  12. ^ "The Eastern Iowa Airport will soon offer daily nonstop service to Washington, D.C." Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  13. ^ "Palm trees and 80 degrees: American Airlines adds more ways to visit Miami with record-breaking winter schedule". American Airlines Newsroom. July 13, 2023. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  14. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Frontier Airlines Announces 20 Nonstop Routes, Including 5 New Destinations".
  16. ^ "Frontier". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Timetable". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  18. ^ "CID Airport Calendar Year Total Passenger 1996-present" (PDF). flycid.com. Retrieved August 1, 2023.
  19. ^ "Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA: The Eastern Iowa (CID)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Retrieved 2018-12-31.

External links[edit]

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