Tulsa airport sees increase in passengers

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Updated: 5/09/2013 3:20 pm Published: 5/09/2013 12:00 pm

Tulsa International Airport saw an increase in passengers in April 2013; the increase broke a streak of flat or declining numbers.

Airport officials announced passenger enplanements at TUL rose by 1.5%.

“We’re happy to see passenger numbers grow as we move into the busy summer travel season,” said Alexis Higgins, Deputy Airports Director Marketing and Communications. “Airlines have said that Tulsa flights are completely full for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, and we hope this is an indication of what’s to come for the summer.”

The increase comes after two non-stop service destinations were added: Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino launched Laughlin, Nevada and Southwest Airlines added Chicago Midway.

TUL also collected community input in the form of a business travel survey and found 96% of the 740 respondents say TUL is their airport of choice.

They also found the top ten business travel destinations are: Houston, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Orlando, Atlanta, and Denver. TUL has existing non-stop service to all markets indicated except for Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Orlando.

TUL officials plan to use this information to work toward new air service, though they say Kansas City is going to be an extremely hard market to gain non-stop service to.

Daniel Meier, Air Service & Business Development Coordinator at TUL said, “Kansas City is a short haul market, and airlines have been reducing and/or canceling short haul routes across the US because they are not generating the profits that airlines need. Oklahoma City recently discovered that they are losing their non-stop Kansas City service on August 10. OKC has a larger market than Tulsa and if they can’t retain their Kansas City service, it doesn’t help our case for service from Tulsa, which is closer to Kansas City and a shorter drive.”

For more information on the Tulsa International Airport visit www.tulsaairports.com.

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