Tulsa Regional Air Service Initiative

TULSA, OK – March 20, 2013 – Today, Tulsa International Airport (TUL) announced the Tulsa Regional Air Service Initiative (TRASI), a new comprehensive program developed by Tulsa International Airport to retain and attract air service from TUL.

The Initiative is a multi-faceted approach to air service development that includes community education, data gathering, evaluation of community incentive programs for both Tulsa and peer airports to determine the role of incentives in Tulsa’s air service development efforts, sharing of information with airlines, and adjusting the strategy as community needs and airline growth strategies change.

One of the first steps in the Initiative is to gather information from area businesses as to their current and projected travel needs. A Business Travel Survey was developed to gather data from business owners and operators, travel planners, and frequent business travelers located throughout eastern Oklahoma as to their current and potential needs. The data collected from the survey will be used to set priorities and focus our efforts on routes that meet the needs identified by the community.

“Our City must get behind and support the airport’s effort to grow air service,” said Mayor Bartlett. “In today’s global economy it is more important than ever for a community to have access to flights that facilitate business retention, growth, and tourism.”

Airport officials emphasized the importance of participation by a broad base of regional businesses. Attending the press conference in support of the Air Service Initiative were Jerry Schuyler, President and COO of Laredo Petroleum and Jay Foley, Vice President Oncology Patient Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Additional partners include the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Bartlesville Chamber, and the Broken Arrow Chamber. The Airport hopes to get participation from all communities served by TUL.