November traffic flat at Will Rogers World Airport, dips in Tulsa

BY JENNIFER PALMER jpalmer@opubco.com Published: December 20, 2012
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Despite the busy Thanksgiving holiday, departing traffic was flat at Will Rogers World Airport and dipped nearly 4 percent at Tulsa International Airport.

“We did have a good Thanksgiving, but the rest of the month didn't see significant growth,” said Karen Carney, a spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport. “I think people are focusing travel around the holiday. They're still waiting to see what's going to happen ... with the fiscal cliff.”

The Oklahoma City airport reported a 0.7 percent increase in departures for November, compared to the same month last year. Overall, outbound travel is up more than 3.5 percent for 2012.

Carney said the airlines have booked full flights for the December holidays and she expects a slight increase in passengers.

The decline in departures at Tulsa International Airport for November is likely the result of high airfares, said Alexis Higgins, a spokeswoman for the airport. Gasoline prices have declined, but the cost of plane tickets have not, which may cause travelers to choose driving over flying.

“The segment of travelers we're losing are the leisure travelers. They're either taking another mode of travel or not taking a vacation,” Higgins said.

Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport

There were 4,163 departing passengers at Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport during November, a 17 percent decrease compared to the same month in 2011. Overall, outbound travel is down 11.2 percent for the year.