More than 2.6 million passengers flew from the airport in 2014, an increase of 4%, and currently, six airlines provide more than 10,600 daily seats on 120 flights in and out.
As families begin planning spring break and summer vacation trips, officials are urging Tulsans to consider Tulsa as the starting point for their travel plans.
Jeff Mulder, airports director, explains: “We work in a world where vacation time is limited, and it’s all about getting where you want to go as quickly and conveniently as possible.
“The great thing about flying Tulsa is that vacations start here – no driving or unnecessary hotels. We have non-stop flights to 19 airports across the country and our goal is to see that number increase as we work to get more passengers to utilize our current service.”
The airport says encouraging Tulsans to utilize Tulsa will support the growth of airline service and keep more travel dollars in the local economy.
Airport officials estimate that 25% of the passengers in the Tulsa market area drive to another airport to fly, and capturing a portion of those travellers would create significantly more demand for service, increase revenues for airport services, and reduce airline operating costs.
Statistics show that now is the time that people start planning for Spring break and summer vacations, and the airport hopes families will consider the value of added time at their vacation destination versus the frustration of driving to and from another airport.
Passengers traveling through Tulsa over the next three months will be asked to share their stories by utilizing the #FLYTULSA hashtag, and posting airport and vacation photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag to be entered to win weekly giveaways.
On April 1, 2015 one of the entrants will be selected to win airfare for up to four people to any non-stop destination served from Tulsa, including hotel at their destination, and valet parking at Tulsa.
A replica of the Golden Driller bearing the #FLYTULSA logo will also now greet passengers past security for the duration of the campaign.