New master plan approved for Tulsa International Airport

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Airport Authority and Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust has approved a new master plan for Tulsa International Airport that includes the addition of a new third runway on the east side of the airport.

TIA Director Mark VanLoh told FOX23 the third runway is decades away from coming to fruition, and said there are other parts of the master plan the airport is looking to take on first.

The Thursday morning vote for approval of the new plan comes after two years of studying and public input on how the airport should grow. The last master plan was developed for TIA more than 20 years ago.

VanLoh said many priorities in the new master plan have been carried over from the old one, and most of the language and goals have been updated to take into account modern day operations and hurdles facing the aviation industry as a whole.

Taxiway improvement will be one of the first projects to get underway, and the airport's western-most runway will also see major improvements. Right now, the western runway can only accommodate smaller general aviation planes because it is made of old concrete. When improvements are finished in five years or so, commercial airlines will be able to land on both north-south runways again.

TIA has already made many improvements to the terminal, and VanLoh said not much needs to change in passengers areas. Expansion and improvements will mostly take place in building new facilities on the airport's northern and western sides to attract more aerospace companies to do business on site at TIA.

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