LAWTON TRANSPORTATION AND AIRPORTS
By plane, train or truck/automobile, Lawton is ideally located to get people or cargo anywhere in the country. Interstate 44 easily delivers you to Wichita Falls, Texas, and northbound carries you to Oklahoma City, Tulsa and onward to St. Louis. Need to get farther? Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport has commercial jet service. And the Stillwater Central Railroad can get ship your cargo from coast to coast.
Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport
Lawton is only 45 minutes from the No. 4 busiest airport in America.
Most Lawton residents take advantage of the local airport and is known to be one of the “Easiest Airports in the Country”. Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport (LAW) has seven flights a day to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), where you can easily connect to flights anywhere in the country. Plus, the parking is right in front of the terminal and getting through security is a breeze.
These flights are on American Eagle, the regional carrier for American Airlines, which gets you gate-to-gate to DFW in 45 minutes. Gone are the turbo prop airplanes. Since January 2012, 50-seat regional jets have served the Dallas-Fort Worth route.
Lawton-Fort Sill is one of only three certified commercial airports in Oklahoma, and it has an 8,600-foot-long runway, able to handle any type of aircraft. Often enough, MD-80 charter jets with 150 seats fly groups on gambling trips to Nevada.
The airport owns 80 undeveloped acres of the Airport Industrial Park. The land is zoned commercial and industrial.
Will Rogers World Airport
The Lawton region is also supported by an alternative international airport located about an hour and ten minute drive from downtown. Will Rogers World Airport sits on just over 8,000 acres of land and serves seven major airlines, regional airlines and a growing number of charter services. Will Rogers World Airport one of the largest small hub commercial airports in the United States with over 1.9 million boarding passengers each year.
The airport operates three runways: two 9,800-ft parallel runways and one 7,800-ft crosswind runway.
Currently, Will Rogers World Airport is home to 67 companies and over 10,000 employees, including the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the Federal Bureau of Prisons Transfer Center, Southwest Airlines Reservation Center and the Metro Tech Aviation Career Center.
Stillwater Central Railroad
Rail service remains a cost-effective way to ship goods, and you can easily get your cargo from Lawton to anywhere in the country by train with the Stillwater Central Railroad. This short-line railroad operates about 275 miles with a line from Duke (west of Altus) through Lawton to Tulsa.
Stillwater transfers cargo to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway trains in Oklahoma City, Pawnee, Altus and Sepulpa (near Tulsa) and to Union Pacific Railroad trains in Oklahoma City.
Stillwater Central serves 10 customers in Lawton metro area and sends 1,900 cars a year filled with cargo. All but one of Stillwater’s Lawton clients have rail sidings, but Stillwater has a transloading center in Lawton where businesses not along a rail siding can load cargo.