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Getting ahead of the storm in Oklahoma is a new normal for airlines

Proactive flight cancellations is one reason departing traffic decreased at both of the state's major commercial airports, spokeswomen for the airports say.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: March 21, 2013
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February also had one fewer day this year than in 2012, a leap year.

Diversions and cancellations are likely to continue at Tulsa International Airport, which is in the midst of a reconstruction project on its main runway, said Alexis Higgins, an airport spokeswoman. A couple of flights were diverted Sunday due to low cloud ceilings. The current phase of the runway project is expected to wrap up in late May or early June.

Tulsa International Airport, which has seen passenger loads slip in recent years, plans to announce a regional plan to attract new airlines and nonstop routes this week.

Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport

There were 3,615 departing passengers at Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport in February, a 5.6 percent decrease compared with the same month in 2012. Overall, outbound traffic is down 7.1 percent this year.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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