Tulsa International


Allegiant Airlines adds a fifth non-stop destination from Tulsa. The latest, which begins in May, is to Baltimore and Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport. Mary Smith is head of the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust. She says the more non-stops, the better for the area and business.

Allegiant is offering very low introductory fares for the new destination. All details and the latest information is available online at Allegiant.com.

The service begins May 19th on Thursday and Sundays only. It is seasonal, operating initially only from May to August.

Tulsa International Airport

A special district on Tulsa International Airport land could help boost development there. Airport officials are taking the first steps to create a tax increment district giving breaks to businesses that expand or develop there. Airports Spokesperson Alexis Higgins says this special type development tool is something new for TIA, and is a long term tool for development

Tulsa County leaders give the go ahead today for a review committee to study the potential impact of the special district, one of the first steps in the process. 

Okmulgee Airport

A deal is in the works between the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust and Okmulgee Regional. The Trust would manage the Okmulgee Airport and in return, Tulsa would get a site to expand regional airport service. Jeff Hough is Deputy Airports Director with the Trust. He says Jones-Riverside is at capacity with no space to expand, and Okmulgee can provide that space. He says the city of Okmulgee would benefit by the economic development airport expansion would bring.

If all the details can be worked out, a deal would likely take effect July 1st.

KWGS News File Photo

Planned federal cuts could mean closing one exit point at Tulsa International Airport, but officials say the impact here would likely be minimal. The Department of Homeland Security plans to cut funding nationwide for TSA security officers at exit points…an area similar to one used in last week’s shootings at Los Angeles International. If funding is cut, Alexis Higgins with Tulsa International says the exit would most likely be closed. She says that’s the best option if Homeland Security ends funding for manning airport exits.  

City of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say a United Express jet was struck by a bird as it was landing at Tulsa International Airport yesterday.

According to a statement from the company, ExpressJet Flight 4491 was traveling from Houston to Tulsa Wednesday when the incident occurred. No one was hurt, and the flight landed safely and without incident.

The statement said a thorough inspection showed no damage to the aircraft.