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Local leaders are not leaving it to chance when it comes to landing new nonstop flights from Tulsa International Airport.


American Airlines is adding 14 new routes from Austin, Texas, this fall, including daily nonstop service to Tulsa.

"Earlier this year we added more flights from Austin, and customers have spoken: they want more," American Vice President of Network Planning Brian Znotins said in a statement. "We're eager to offer our customers even more opportunities to reconnect with family, friends and colleagues. Together with our partners, we’re making it easier than ever to connect Austin with the world."

Data from Oklahoma State Department of Health weekly epidemiology report; photo from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Airport officials have approved a proposal for COVID-19 testing inside the Tulsa International terminal.

Alpha Medical Laboratory will not be offering just rapid antigen tests.

"They will offer the antigen test if people require it, but they are saying they can turn around a PCR test in 25 minutes for just COVID. So, not only is it 99.9% accurate, it’s also 25 minutes, they’ll have those results," said Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust Director of Real Estate Jonathan Gobbo

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Tulsa International Airport recorded fewer than half the number of Thanksgiving passengers this year compared to 2019, but thousands still flew despite the dire warnings of public health experts against holiday travel as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens.

From Monday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 29, the airport saw 16,283 passengers pass through security checkpoints, down about 52% from 34,081 over the same holiday period last year, according to Andrew Pierini, the airport's director of air service and marketing. 

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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.


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.

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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.