Tulsa International Airport yesterday held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of construction on a new international customs facility, which will allow commercial air carriers to offer non-stop international flights out of TUL for the first time.
The new 45,000 square foot addition to the existing terminal is expected to be completed in late 2025.
The event was attended by key community stakeholders, government officials and project partners, such as Mayor G.T. Bynum, and representatives from the FAA, CBP, Flintco, Narrate, and Tulsa Regional Chamber.
The Customs and Border Protection agency has been onsite at Tulsa International Airport for decades, but up until this point, the CBP has only been able to accept and clear international general aviation and cargo flights.
The new International Customs Facility is designed to ensure a seamless experience for travellers who want to fly non-stop to TUL’s top international destinations, such as Mexico or to the Caribbean.
On average, Tulsa International Airport currently has 115 passengers traveling from Tulsa to Mexico daily. Around 32% of TUL’s daily international traffic is to Mexico, the highest share of any country, followed by Canada at 8%, UK at 5%, and Italy at 4%.
The airport notes that it is actively working to solicit non-stop services to these areas with both international and domestic carriers.
“As we continue to grow and evolve, this project reaffirms our dedication to investing in the airport’s future,” enthused Tulsa International Airport’s CEO, Alexis Higgins.
“This new customs facility will be an asset that not only enhances our global connectivity but also reflects our commitment to providing a seamless and efficient travel experience for our local passengers.
“Data shows that our passengers already love visiting destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean such as Cancun and Cabo San Lucas, and once this facility is completed, it will allow an airline to offer non-stop service to those great destinations.”
While Tulsa Mayor, Bynum, said: “With a continued focus on business development near the airport and increasing the number of non-stop flights out of Tulsa, the new international customs facility truly establishes the world- class footprint Tulsa deserves.
“This facility will not only be impactful for Tulsans wanting to travel to other countries but also for increasing Tulsa’s global connections and opportunities for economic partnerships with those outside of the country.
“I am grateful for the Tulsa International Airport team and their dedication to expanding the services offered to travellers both to and from Tulsa.”
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