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Oklahoma City hopes to lure new air carriers with incentive money

Incentives range from $50,000 to $200,000 for carriers that establish new nonstop flights.
by Brianna Bailey Published: July 26, 2013

Carney said smaller carriers such as Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air and Vision Airlines are examples of the types of carriers that Oklahoma City would try to bring in with the marketing incentives.

Bringing in new routes to Oklahoma City is as important to luring conventions and other events to Oklahoma City, said Cynthia Reid, vice president of marketing and communications for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

Without the availability of air service, Oklahoma City can find itself out of the running for many events.

“Every route makes a difference,” Reid said.

The Oklahoma City Airport Trust partners with the chamber to help bring in new air carriers with the help of the incentives.

The incentives can help an air carrier choose to add routes to Oklahoma City over another city, Reid said.

“The incentives can be a deal maker if an air carrier is looking at two different cities — it gives us an extra push,” she said.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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The incentives can be a deal maker if an air carrier is looking at two different cities — it gives us an extra push.”

Cynthia Reid,
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

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