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Tulsa International Airport


Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport
Airport type Public/Military
Owner City of Tulsa
Operator Tulsa Airport Authority
Serves Northeast Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas, Southeast Kansas
Hub for Omni Air International
Elevation AMSL 677 ft / 206 m
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
KTUL is located in Oklahoma
Location of Tulsa International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18L/36R 9,999 3,048 Concrete
18R/36L 6,101 1,860 Asphalt
8/26 7,376 2,248 Concrete
Statistics (2009, 2011)
Aircraft operations (2009) 116,580
Based aircraft (2009) 167
Passengers (2014) 2,840,324
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] TUL Airport[2]

Tulsa International Airport (ICAO: KTULFAA LID: TUL) is a city-owned civil-military airport five miles (8 km) northeast of downtown Tulsa, in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States. It was named Tulsa Municipal Airport when the city acquired it in 1929.[3] It got its present name in 1963.[4]

The 138th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard is based at the co-located Tulsa Air National Guard Base.[5]

The airport is the global maintenance headquarters for American Airlines.[6]

The Council Oak Senior Squadron and Starbase Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol meet on the field, with Council Oak at FBO Sparks Aviation and the Starbase squadron meeting at the Oklahoma Air National Guard Base on the Northeast side of the field. Additionally, two Civil Air Patrol aircraft are based at TUL, a Cessna 172 and Cessna 182 respectively.

During World War II Air Force Plant No. 3 was built on the southeast side of the airport, and Douglas Aircraft manufactured several types of aircraft there. After the war this facility was used by Douglas (later McDonnell Douglas) and Rockwell International (later Boeing) for aircraft manufacturing, modification, repair, and research.[7] Spirit AeroSystems currently builds Commercial Airline parts for Boeing aircraft[8] in part of the building and IC Bus Corporation assembles school buses in the other part.[9]

Spirit AeroSystems builds Boeing Wing and floor beam parts and Gulfstream Wing parts in a facility on the east side of the airport, just north of runway 26.[8]

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is on the northwest side of the airport.

Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport serves as a reliever airport.


  • History 1
    • Opening 1.1
    • World War II 1.2
    • Postwar 1.3
  • Facilities and operations 2
  • Terminals 3
    • Departures / Arrivals 3.1
  • Public Transportation 4
  • American Airlines Maintenance Facility 5
  • Lufthansa Technik Component Services 6
  • Frequencies 7
    • Tower 7.1
    • Runways 7.2
  • Airlines and destinations 8
  • Cargo 9
  • Statistics 10
    • Top domestic destinations 10.1
    • Annual traffic 10.2
  • Airport management 11
  • Industrial Land Development 12
  • HP Enterprise Services Building 13
  • See also 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16


Duncan A. McIntyre, an early aviator and native of New Zealand, moved to Tulsa in 1919. His first airport was located at Apache and Memorial and opened August 22, 1919.[10] He moved and established a private airport on an 80-acre tract at the corner of Admiral Place and Sheridan Avenue. McIntyre Field had three hangars to house 40 aircraft and a beacon for landings after sundown.[11]

McIntyre evidently closed his airport during the 1930s and merged it with R. F. Garland a Tulsa oil man and owner of the Garland Airport at 51st and Sheridan Road for $350,000.[36] He ran the airport and became the president of the new venture.[12] This airport would later become the Brown Airport (after a number of owners and names including the commercial airport before it moved to 61st and Yale. In 1940, McIntyre accepted a position with Lockheed Corporation and moved to California.[13]

Charles Lindbergh landed at McIntyre Field on September 30, 1927. He had been persuaded to visit Tulsa by William G. Skelly, who was then president of the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as a booster of the young aviation industry. In addition to being a wealthy oilman and founder of Skelly Oil Company, Skelly founded Spartan Aircraft Company. Lindbergh had already landed at Oklahoma City Municipal Airport, Bartlesville Municipal Airport and Muskogee's Hatbox Field. All of these were superior to the privately owned McIntyre Field. Lindbergh pointed this out at a banquet given that night in his honor.[14]


The initial municipal airport facility was financed with a so-called "stud horse note". This was a promissory note similar to those used by groups of farmers or horse breeders who would collectively underwrite the purchase of a promising stud horse. The note would be retired with the stud fees paid for use of the horse. In the case of the Tulsa airport, the note would be paid from airport fees.[14] Using this vehicle, Skelly obtained signatures from several prominent Tulsa businessmen put up $172,000 to buy 390 acres (178 hectares) for a municipal airport.[14] It opened July 3, 1928. The city of Tulsa purchased the airport, then named Tulsa Municipal Airport, in 1929, and put its supervision under the Tulsa Park Board.[3] Charles W. Short was appointed Airport Director in 1929, and remained in this position until 1955.[15]

The first terminal building was a one-story wood and tar paper structure that looked like a warehouse. The landing strips and taxiways were simply mown grass. Still, it handled enough passengers in 1930 for Tulsa to claim that it had the busiest airport in the world. The Tulsa Municipal Airport handled 7,373 passengers in February 1930 and 9,264 in April. This outpaced Croydon Field (London), Tempelhof (Berlin), and LeBourget (Paris) for the same months.[16]

Tulsa International Airport entrance

In 1932, the city opened a more elegant Art Deco terminal topped with a control tower. Charles Short decorated the inside walls with a collection of early aviation photographs. This building served until Tulsa broke ground on a new terminal, designed by the firm Murray Jones Murray, in November 1958 and opened on November 16, 1961;[4][17] on August 28, 1963, the facility was renamed Tulsa International Airport.[4][11]

In January 1928, Skelly bought the Mid-Continent Aircraft Company of Tulsa and renamed it the Spartan Aircraft Company. It first built a two-seat biplane, the Spartan C3 at its facility near the new airport. Later it would also build a low-wing cabin monoplane as a corporate aircraft, and the NP-1, a naval training plane used in World War II. In 1929 Spartan established the Spartan School of Aeronautics across Apache street from the new Tulsa airport to train fliers and support personnel. The Spartan School was activated by the U. S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) on August 1, 1939, as an advanced civilian pilot training school to supplement the Air Corps' few flying training schools. The Air Corps supplied students with training aircraft, flying clothes, textbooks, and equipment. The Air Corps also put a detachment at each school to supervise training. Spartan furnished instructors, training sites and facilities, aircraft maintenance, quarters, and mess halls.[18]

Tulsa was a stop on the American Airlines Chicago-Dallas route during the prewar years.[19]

World War II


  • Tulsa International Airport (official site)
  • Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register – Tulsa Municipal Airport" Website showing historical photos of Tulsa Airport
  • Starbase Composite Squadron – Civil Air Patrol
  • Aircraft photos at Tulsa International Airport
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective June 23, 2016
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KTUL
    • ASN accident history for TUL
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KTUL
    • FAA current TUL delay information

External links

  • 35. Gregory, Carl E. (2002), Making Lazy Circles in the Sky A History of Tulsa Aviation 1897 to 2000
  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for TUL (Form 5010 PDF), effective October 25, 2007
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Tulsa Preservation Commission "Transportation (1850–1945)." Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Cantrell, Charles (July 14, 2008). "City and Airport Long Time Partnership Continues". GTR Newspapers. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard – History. Accessed January 27, 2011.[2]
  6. ^ a b c American Airlines Group Website. April 2014. Accessed July 27, 2014
  7. ^ Air Force Plant No. 3 at
  8. ^ a b Spirit AeroSystems
  9. ^ IC Bus Website
  10. ^ Thoburn, Joseph & Wright, Muriel. Oklahoma A History of The State and Its People Vol. 4 Page 461>
  11. ^ a b c Jones, Kim. Aviation in Tulsa and Northeastern Oklahoma. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7385-6163-9. Available through Google Books. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  12. ^ "Tulsa Airport Firms Merged".  
  13. ^ "Duncan McIntyre: Father of Tulsa Aviation". Tulsa Gal. March 23, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c Cantrell, Chuck (May 14, 2007). "Lucky Lindy Lands and Tulsa Airport Takes Off". GTR Newspapers. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register Tulsa, OK Municipal Airport". Davis-Monthan Aviation Field. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  16. ^ Stewart, D. R. (May 3, 2003). "Hangar One Hangs It Up".  
  17. ^ Robert Lawton Jones, FAIA – Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
  18. ^ "Spartan Aircraft Company". Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Oklahoma State University. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  19. ^ "May 1939 timetable". Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Military – Air Force Plant No. 3 – Tulsa, OK". Global Security Website. 
  21. ^ Arnold, Kyle (June 29, 2014). "Tulsa's Aerospace History". Tulsa World. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Airlines and Aircraft Serving Tulsa Effective November 15, 1979". Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  23. ^ "Tulsa Air and Space Museum". Yelp. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  24. ^ Stewart, D. R. (July 16, 2010). "Airport Renovation Bid OK'd".  
  25. ^ Stewart, D. R. (June 22, 2011). "Renovated Airport Concourse Modern, Brighter".  
  26. ^ Stewart, D. R. (January 19, 2012). "Tulsa Airport West Concourse Opens After Construction".  
  27. ^ "Tulsa International Airport to Begin Concourse B Renovation" (PDF). Tulsa Airport Authority (Press release). July 15, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  28. ^ Lufthansa Technik Component Services Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  29. ^ KTUL Flight Aware
  30. ^ "Tulsa, OK: Tulsa International (TUL)".  
  31. ^ Retrieved on May 25, 2015.
  32. ^ “Airport Governance Overview, Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust and the City of Tulsa,” January 2013.
  33. ^ "Industrial Land Development". Tulsa Airport Authority. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  34. ^ Burt, Jeffrey (October 14, 2009). "IT & Network Infrastructure: HP Green Data Center Vision Offers Eco-Friendly Power, Cooling Technology". Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History's Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.


See also

The HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS) Building hosting some of Sabre's datacenter servers is located at the Tulsa Airport. The company applied a reflective material on the roof to reduce heat gain, thereby reducing the air conditioning power consumption.[34] In front of this building is a 6-foot sculptured penguin, given to the company as part of a local art campaign by the Tulsa Zoo.

This is HP's Penguin at the Tulsa Airport

HP Enterprise Services Building

TUL's central location in the south is easily accessible by a multi-modal transportation network. With a total of 4,000 acres (16 km2) and 14,000 on-airport employees, Tulsa is a large center of aviation activity. Six sites totaling over 700 acres (2.8 km2) of real estate will be developed. Each of the sites can be divided into smaller lots to meet any organization's individual needs.[33]

Tulsa Airport Authority, in 2008, has begun a new Industrial Land Development project. Aerospace is one of the Oklahoma's largest industry clusters with 400 companies that directly or indirectly employ more than 143,000 people with a payroll of $4.7 billion and an industrial output of $11.7 billion. Tulsa is ranked 8th nationally for the size of its aerospace engines manufacturing cluster and 20th for its defense-related cluster.

Industrial Land Development

The Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) is tasked with financing, developing and maintaining Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones, Jr. Airport. TAIT is independent of the city, but all board members are appointed by the Mayor of Tulsa and confirmed by the City Council. Management is done pursuant to a 25-year lease of municipal-owned facilities to TAIT; that lease expired June 20, 2012 and has been continued month-to-month. TAIT does not use any local, State or Federal taxes to operate and maintain the facilities; instead, all revenues are generated through user fees. The City provides certain financial and management services, for which it is compensated. To lower costs, TAIT is considering moving to a model of providing its own services with its own workforce.[32]

  • Jeff Mulder, A.A.E. – Director of Airports
  • Alexis Higgins – Deputy Director of Marketing
  • Jeff Hough – Deputy Director of Engineering and Facilities
  • Chuck Hannum – Deputy Director of Operations, Chief of Police
  • Carl Remus – Deputy Director of Administration and Finance

Airport management

2015 - Traffic through Sep '15

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Tulsa International Airport, 2007 thru 2015[31]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2015 2,095,779 2014 2,840,324 2013 2,733,510
2012 2,740,338 2011 2,794,751 2010 2,846,588
2009 2,888,858 2008 3,261,560 2007 3,300,422

Annual traffic

Top 10 domestic routes from TUL (Jun 2014 – May 2015)[30]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 298,000 American
2 Denver, Colorado 148,000 Southwest, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia 127,000 Delta
4 Chicago, Illinois (ORD) 124,000 American, United
5 Houston, Texas (IAH) 121,000 United
6 Dallas, Texas (DAL) 107,000 Southwest
7 Houston, Texas (HOU) 101,000 Southwest
8 Phoenix, Arizona 64,000 Southwest
9 St. Louis, Missouri 45,000 Southwest
10 Las Vegas, Nevada 43,000 Allegiant, Southwest

Top domestic destinations


In addition to cargo service provided by commercial air carriers, TUL is also served by:


Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford
Seasonal: Los Angeles, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami A
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta A
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City A
Southwest Airlines Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Denver, Houston-Hobby, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis B
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Laughlin/Bullhead City B
United Airlines Denver B
United Express Houston-Intercontinental, Washington-Dulles B

Tulsa International Airport has two passenger concourses (A and B). As of August 2015, TUL offers non-stop flights to 21 domestic airports in 18 domestic cities.

Airlines and destinations

  • ILS
    • 36R 110.3
    • 18L 109.7
    • 18R 111.1
    • 26 114.4 (DME)
    • 8 114.4 (DME)[29]


  • Tulsa Tower 121.2 Runways (18L-36R, 8–26) 118.7 (18R-36L)
  • ATIS 124.9
  • Ground 121.9
  • Clearance Delivery 134.05



Lufthansa Technik Component Services LLC (LTCS), a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, is headquartered at Tulsa Airport. LTCS provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to airlines. The Tulsa location includes the departments of Production and Product Development Engineering, the department of Finance and Controlling as well as Human Resources Management, Strategic Purchasing and a Customer Service team. The workshops and various department occupy an area of 72,000 square feet (6,700 m2).[28]

Lufthansa Technik Component Services

The Base occupies about 260 acres (1.1 km2) and 3,300,000 square feet (310,000 m2) of maintenance "plant" at the Tulsa Airport. Each year, the base performs major overhaul work on about 80% of American's fleet. It also does aircraft maintenance for other carriers on a contract basis.[6]

TUL is the headquarters for all Maintenance and Engineering activities at American Airlines worldwide, and is the maintenance base for the airline's fleet of Airbus A320, MD-80, Boeing 757, and Boeing 737 and some Boeing 767 aircraft – a combined total of nearly 600 airplanes. It employs over 5,000 people, with the majority as licensed aircraft and jet engine mechanics. According to the company, it is one of the largest private employers in Oklahoma.[6]

American Airlines Maintenance Facility

The airport is served by Tulsa Transit bus 203, west toward downtown and south toward Memorial and 31st.

Public Transportation

Although generally single-level, the entry section of the airport has separate departure and arrival service curbs; the inner Arapahoe Drive for departures and outer Airport Drive for arrivals. Baggage claim carousels are located between these two driveways. TIA has 5 baggage carousels in service.

Departures / Arrivals

The airport consists of a smaller regional terminal with newly renovated concourses. Concourse A; which houses US Airways, Delta, and American; has 11 departure gates; A1 through A11. Currently, only 7 of those are in use. Concourse B; opened in 2012, has 10 departure gates, however only 7 have jet bridges; Allegiant, Southwest, and United serve Concourse B.


In 2006 the airport had 129,014 aircraft operations, average 353 per day: 35% general aviation, 26% air taxi, 25% airline and 13% military. 167 aircraft are based at the airport: 32% single-engine, 22% multi-engine, 31% jet, 2% helicopter and 13% military.[1]

In 2010 the airport embarked on a major renovation of the 1960s era terminal. The renovations were designed by Gensler and Benham Companies.[24] Concourse B (home to Allegiant, Delta, Southwest and United) underwent a US$17.9 million renovation between September 7, 2010[25] and January 18, 2012,[26] including major HVAC replacement along with the more noticeable design changes. These changes include sky lights and raising the somewhat low ceilings in the concourse area, improved passenger waiting areas and gate redesigns. The upgrades to Concourse B have been completed. Concourse A is currently in the process of renovations and upgrades (home to American and US Airways).[27]

  • Runway 18L/36R: 9,999 x 200 ft (3,048 x 61 m) Concrete
  • Runway 18R/36L: 6,101 x 150 ft (1,860 x 46 m) Asphalt
  • Runway 8/26: 7,376 x 150 ft (2,248 x 46 m) Concrete

Tulsa International Airport covers 4,360 acres (1,764 ha) and has three paved runways:[1]

Facilities and operations

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum (TASM) was established in 1998 on the northwest side of the airport.[23] The museum added the James E. Bertelsmeyer Tulsa planetarium in 2006. Allegiant Air began service in 2013 to Orlando and in 2015 to Las Vegas, Tampa Bay, and Los Angeles.

The April 1957 OAG shows 20 departures each weekday on American, 18 Braniff, 6 Continental, 6 Central and 4 TWA. American had a DC-7 nonstop to New York, but westward nonstops didn't get past Oklahoma City, Wichita and Dallas. (In 1947, when transcon flights made at least one stop, American had nonstops from Tulsa to San Francisco and Los Angeles.) By 1979, the airport was also served by Frontier Airlines, Scheduled Skyways and Texas International Airlines.[22]

After the war, in 1946, American Airlines acquired two former Air Force hangars to start a maintenance and engineering base at Tulsa Municipal Airport.[21]


In 1941, the Federal Government built Air Force Plant No. 3 on the east side of the airport. The plant was operated by Douglas Aircraft Corporation to manufacture, assemble and modify bombers for the USAAF from 1942 to 1945; production was suspended when World War II ended. The plant was reactivated in 1950 to produce the Boeing B-47 Stratojet and later the Douglas B-66 Destroyer. In 1960 McDonnell Douglas, the successor to Douglas Aircraft Corporation, continued to use the facility for aircraft maintenance. Rockwell International leased part of the plant to manufacture aerospace products. McDonnell Douglas terminated its lease in 1996.[20] Boeing bought Rockwell International's aerospace business in 1996, and took over much of the facility for aerospace manufacturing.[11]


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