The state's major commercial airports experienced a drop in passenger departures in December, when holiday travelers typically pack flights.
At Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport, outbound traffic was down 1 percent; Tulsa International Airport experienced a more than 5 percent dip.
Travelers spent cautiously last month because of uncertainty over the “fiscal cliff,” and that may have led some to forego air travel, a spokeswoman for Will Rogers World Airport said.
“The holidays themselves were busy, but the rest of the month was flat,” said spokeswoman Karen Carney. “We didn't really see a lot of growth from last year.”
Outbound passenger loads for the year rose 3.26 percent compared to 2011. Carney said they are projecting 2 percent growth for 2013.
Tulsa International Airport experienced a 2 percent drop in departing passengers last year.
Both airports are planning improvements.
At Will Rogers World Airport, the major project that will begin is a consolidated baggage inspection system.
Once it starts, travelers may notice ticket counters moved into temporary locations.
Also, the airport is expected to finalize plans for the consolidated rental car facility at S Meridian Avenue and SW 54, and work in the two-story garage, where hourly parking normally is located, is expected to be completed.
Tulsa International Airport's projects include completion of the main runway rehabilitation and the beginning of construction of a new rental car facility. Higgins said the airport also will move forward with plans to renovate Concourse A.
LAWTON-FORT SILL REGIONAL AIRPORT
Departing passengers at Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport decreased by 17.3 percent in December to 4,006.
The airport reported an 11.7 percent reduction in departures for 2012 — 54,135 compared to 61,308 in 2011.