Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport

The Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust heard at its meeting late last week details of a five-year, $48.2 million capital improvements plan.

Four of the 24 projects on the list are slated for the first year in fiscal year 2022, including road repairs at a cost of $2.4 million.

"Over the years, we have maintained the roadway with staff, and we’re talking the entrance road, the exit road and also the road in front of the terminal building. It has come to a point where our staff can’t maintain this anymore," said TAIT Planning and Engineering Director Frank Relja.

Pro-Tec

The Tulsa Fire Department will be leaving the fire station at Tulsa International Airport next year after at least 50 years on site.

The Tulsa Airport Authority awarded a five-year contract to Wisconsin-based airport fire and rescue contractor Pro-Tec. Tulsa Airports CEO Alexis Higgins said the change had nothing to do with the Tulsa Fire Department’s performance.

American Airlines

American Airlines told the Tulsa City Council Wednesday that it wants to move forward on hundreds of millions of dollars in planned improvements to its maintenance facility at Tulsa International Airport.

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Tulsa International Airport will look a bit different on many travelers’ next visit.

Officials held a grand reopening Thursday for a $7.5 million renovation of Schwab Hall, the airport’s original entrance.

Schwab Hall is brighter and much more open than it was. Travelers can now see the airfield from the front doors. Tulsa Airports CEO Alexis Higgins said it’s a more welcoming space for Tulsans and visitors.

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While Tulsa International Airport just had its busiest travel weekend of the coronavirus pandemic, executives say they’re not out of the woods.

Around 3,300 passengers came through the security checkpoint last Friday, up from a daily average of about 2,000 in June and July.

The airport’s fiscal year 2020 revenues were down 13% from FY2019, with June 2020 more than 40% below the same month a year ago.

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After seeing steep drops in traffic in March and April, Tulsa International Airport officials are starting to see a rebound.

According to Transportation Security Administration figures, passenger numbers at Tulsa International were down 53% in March and almost 96% in April from the same months the year before.

Tulsa Airports CEO Alexis Higgins said during a Tulsa Regional Chamber business event more people came through the security checkpoint on Friday than they’d seen since mid-March.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $15.5 million from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding to Tulsa International Airport.

“Our parking revenue is down 96%. Our restaurant sales are down 98%. Our passengers just last week were down 96%. So, essentially, we have no revenue coming in, but we still have all the operating costs to operate the airport as well as our debt service payments,” said Tulsa International Airport Director of Air Service and Marketing Andrew Pierini.