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Tulsa airport adds new direct flights with Frontier to D.C., San Jose

Tulsa airport adds new direct flights with Frontier to D.C., San Jose (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Tulsa International Airport announced two new direct flights Thursday.

Frontier Airlines will now offer nonstop service to San Jose and Washington Dulles. The airline already announced direct flights from Tulsa to Denver, San Diego and Orlando.

“The Tulsa Regional Chamber applauds Frontier Airlines’ addition of nonstop destinations from Tulsa International Airport to San José and Washington, D.C.," said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. "Direct flights not only give northeast Oklahoma residents additional options for travel, but they are a significant business driver for the region. These two destinations open additional commercial opportunities between the Tulsa region and the Bay Area and our nation’s capital.

Mark VanLoh, CEO of the airport says some travelers are so averse to using connecting flights, they've driven to other airports.

"They need to stop driving in their cars to Dallas. We have 400 people every day driving to Dallas to fly. Every day from this region," said VanLoh.

Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum believes the two direct flights will strengthen Tulsa's businesses.

"A lot of people don't realize how many federal contractors we have here in Tulsa. Having a direct flight to D.C. is going to help those companies compete more directly with companies in the D.C. area, but then we also want to build out our new economy jobs here in Tulsa. Silicon Valley is where the action is," said Bynum.

Airfare starts at $39 one way.

Flights to Denver, San Diego and Orlando begin in March. Service to San Jose and Washington Dulles start in April.

VanLoh believes the national trend of airlines adding more direct flights to mid-sized cities like Tulsa will benefit us in the near future.

"Oh yeah, we're going to benefit from that," he said. "We think we're going to have more announcements to come later this summer with new flights and new cities that we think we need."

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