Direct Flights a Key Factor for Tulsa’s Economy

From Tulsa’s Mayor By G.T. BYNUM

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Since Tulsa’s first beginnings, we were fortunate to have pioneers who embodied a spirit of high expectations for their new hometown. They built one of the first airports in the world, which led to the growth of the aviation industry right here in our beloved city. Much of our success was a result of the public/private collaborations that continue today to ensure Tulsa’s successful growth.

Air service connectivity is a key driver for Tulsa to grow and thrive in the global marketplace. Last year, Frontier Airlines announced its intent to start service here in Tulsa. This is great news for us since our city is growing, and the need for direct flights to and from Tulsa is crucial to our continued growth.

That’s why I am pleased to tell you that starting April 11 – for the first time in our history – Tulsa will offer non-stop service to the Bay area through San Jose, CA, as well as service to Washington D.C. through Dulles. San Jose International Airport is the easiest and most accessible airport in the region, and Washington D.C. is the eighth most popular destination for Tulsa travelers. The nonstop service into Dulles will offer easy access for Tulsans traveling to and from the nation’s capital. With the addition of these two nonstop services, it will bring the number of nonstop flights to 22 cities from the Tulsa International Airport.

I greatly appreciate Frontier Airlines for recognizing the value of investing in Tulsa. They are providing a valuable service and more opportunity not only for you and the Tulsa business community, but for our entire region. Frontier will also serve Tulsa’s growing tech sector, which continues to increase its link to the Silicon Valley.

Businesses in Tulsa rely on direct flights to improve their access to the global marketplace and Tulsans depend on air travel to take them to their next adventure. In addition to Frontier’s non-stop services, Via Airlines’ three new nonstop flights from Austin, Texas, will offer service to Tulsa, beginning May 6. I’m thankful to both of these airlines for making this investment in our city.

So what are you waiting for? Why not book a flight to the east or west coast today or explore new vacation options down south to Austin, the live music capital. I encourage you to visit and choose the destination of your dreams or next business venture. Happy air travels.

Updated 03-20-2018

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