Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
History, Facts and Overview
(Tulsa, Oklahoma - OK, USA)
In 1930, Tulsa Airport was the busiest in the whole world, attracting many important American airline companies. A dedication of a new terminal building took place in 1932, costing $75,000 to build. Further major projects have included new hangars for American Airlines in 1946, various extensions in 1955, and in 1958, the nearby Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport was developed as a relief airfield, on the southern side of Tulsa.
In 1971, a new $10 million terminal was built and at this stage the airport was known as the Tulsa Municipal Airport, being renamed as the Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in 1963. More recently, 1972 saw a new cargo area costing around $2 million, while in 1979, huge crowds gathered to see the arrival of the NASA space shuttle. In the 1990s, security improvements were made at the cost of $1.5 million.
House and pay phones are situated throughout Tulsa's airport, while a wide range of shops and eateries can also be found on both floors, including a food court area where Freckle's Frozen Custard has become a firm favorite. In addition, Tulsa International Airport also features a shoeshine service, a full service hair salon and barbers shop, as well as massage chairs on both floors.
The single terminal has commendable facilities, with a cash machine located on the first floor in Arrivals and additional ATM's in each Departures concourse on the second floor, while the airport also offers a chapel and a lost and found service. For those who require business services, Tulsa Airport features a series of meeting rooms, which are available for hire and located throughout the terminal. There is also wireless Internet access available for laptop users, although a usage card will need to be purchased first before using this facility.