Southwest Airlines is the busiest passenger carrier at Tulsa International Airport (TUL), transporting 968,000 passengers each year for 36.32 percent of the airport’s passenger market share. The airline offers non-stop flights to six of TUL’s 10 most popular destinations: Dallas’ Love Field Airport, Denver, Houston’s Hobby Airport, Las Vegas, Phoenix and St. Louis. Increasing its presence at TUL, the airline adds service to Chicago’s Midway Airport in 2013. The airline uses Concourse B for its departing flights.
As the second most popular TUL airline, American Airlines serves more than 600,000 TUL passengers annually, giving it more than 22 percent of the airport’s market share. The airline is the only carrier to offer non-stop flights to TUL’s most popular destination of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Each year, the airline transports nearly 300,000 passengers to DFW. American also offers non-stop service to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and, seasonally, to Miami. The carrier uses TUL’s Concourse A for its departing flights.
Serving passengers isn’t American’s only presence at TUL, however. The company also operates its 3.3-million-square-foot Maintenance and Engineering Center at TUL to perform maintenance and overhauls on its worldwide fleet of aircraft. The state-of-the-art facility employs more than 6,000 aircraft and jet engine mechanics and associated technicians.
ExpressJet is the third largest passenger carrier at TUL, serving 338,000 passengers, or 12.69 percent, each year. It operates at TUL’s Concourse A as Delta Connection to Atlanta, Detroit, and Memphis, Tenn. As United Express it serves Chicago-O’Hare; Houston-Intercontinental; Newark, N.J.; and Washington-Dulles from Concourse B.
Pinnacle Airlines and SkyWest are tied for fourth place, each serving 115,000 passengers annually. Pinnacle flies as Delta Connection to Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis and Minneapolis/St. Paul out of Concourse A. SkyWest operates as Delta Connection at Concourse A, flying to Salt Lake City. SkyWest also provides flights to Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, and Los Angeles as United Express.
Nearly 20 percent of TUL’s passengers choose other airlines, such as American Eagle and United Airlines. American Eagle flies to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and United Airlines offers routes to Denver and Houston-Intercontinental.
While Dallas/Fort Worth is the most popular flight destination from TUL with 285,000 passengers each year, flights to Denver are enjoyed by about 165,000 people annually. Other top destinations from TUL include Dallas Love Field Airport, Houston-Intercontinental, Houston-Hobby, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Las Vegas.