Richard L. Jones, Jr. Airport (RVS) opened July 3, 1958 in southwest Tulsa to serve as a reliever airport for Tulsa International Airport. At that time, this 752-acre facility had a single 4,000-foot (1,200 m) long runway, an aircraft ramp, and one concrete building.
Since then, the airport has grown to become a hub of business and economic activity for the Tulsa region. It now includes three runways, over two hundred commercial and private hangars, and over 500 based aircraft.
RVS is home to 350 employees, generating an annual economic output of $95 million. Aircraft operations (takeoffs / landings) totaled 199,880 in 2018, making RVS the busiest airport in the state and one of the top 60 busiest airports in the nation. Six flight schools along with over 500 based aircraft contribute to this high level of operations.
The airport drives economic activity in the region in a multitude of ways:
- The airport provides access to the nation’s air transportation system, allowing business owners to save time by making point to point travel.
- The airport’s flight schools make RVS a hub of flight training activity, bringing students from around the world to the Tulsa area.
Ground operations, hangar rentals, and engine maintenance and repair services are several of the services provided by businesses on airport property.
- The airport drives business to local suppliers of aircraft engine parts and interiors.
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