Stillwater Regional Airport 

We continue to feel the enormous impact of the heavily hit travel and tourism industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aviation industry is certainly no acceptation, due to travel restrictions and a substantial decrease in demand by domestic and international travelers.

The availability of commercial air service in Stillwater has been a game changer for local visitor development efforts. The availability of flights directly into our community has been the clincher to secure locally hosted meetings and events while effectively expanding our primary targeted geographic market for group and leisure visitors.

Destination marketing and improved connectivity through air service has built more community awareness. It has better allowed us to attract and build relationships with decision makers, increase visitor spending, and contribute to our quality of life – all primary factors in attracting local investments in many other industry sectors.

The airline industry has overcome a number of events and circumstances over the years that adversely impacted their business. And this will be no different.

With Stillwater support, we can influence the extent of the impact of the pandemic, how long the effects will last, and how quickly we can get back to our impressive passenger numbers.

American Airlines recently announced suspended service effective October 7 through November 3 for Stillwater Regional Airport, as well as 14 other airports nationwide. 

Because the airline will re-assess plans dependent upon CARES Act support, it is imperative we let our members of congress know the vital role our partnership with American Airlines has contributed to our economy, economic development efforts, and quality of life.

We need to ensure our senators and representatives in Washington, D.C. hear loud and clear the value direct air service has on the growth and development of our community. 

Additionally, because 14 other communities are facing the same challenge as Stillwater, it would very likely make a positive impact on the decision-makers at American Airlines to hear we plan to continue to hit record-breaking passenger numbers when travel resumes around the country. 

Please go to VisitStillwater.org for a sample letter, talking points, and contact information for each of our United States senators and representatives. You will also find contact information for a letter or email to American Airlines.

By taking some time out of your day to reach out to our members of congress in D.C., and our partners with American Airlines, you will help improve the visitor experience, as well as the quality of life for Stillwater residents.   

 

  • American Airlines announced suspension of service to 15 markets, including Stillwater Regional Airport (SWO), because fewer are traveling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and expiration of the air service requirements associated with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • Suspension is currently effective October 7 through November 3

  • The updated October schedule will be released August 29

  • Late September is the anticipated release of the November schedule 

 

Urge Oklahoma federal legislators to provide assistance to American Airlines to continue SWO operations:

  • U.S. SENATE:

Senator James Inhofe

205 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC  20510

202-224-4721

Email Senator Inhofe 

            @JimInhofe

Senator James Lankford

316 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC  20510

202-224-5754

Email Senator Lankford 

                        @SenatorLankford

  • U.S. HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES:

District 3 – Stillwater

Representative Frank Lucas

2405 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

202-225-5565

Email Representative Lucas 

                        @RepFrankLucas

 

Talking Points 

  • SWO has been serviced by Envoy Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, since the first flight on August 23, 2016

  • Envoy Air has the longest history with American airlines of any regional carrier.

  • Envoy Air is one of nine regional carriers operating as American Eagle under a service agreement with American Airlines.

  • SWO

    • Nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) connecting to more than 800 flights to 190+ cities in 29+ countries

    • Free Parking

    • Short Luggage Check & Security Lines

    • Competitive Fares

    • Short Drive & Convenient Location

  • SWO celebrated its 100,000 passengers in less than two years after the first flight.

  • 2019 Stats:

    • Serviced a record-breaking 58,000 passengers

    • 8% increase in passenger growth

    • Surpassing several comparison markets

  • Customers include:

    • OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans, and visitors

    • Business travelers

    • Event coordinators, speakers, and attendees

  • SWO averages more than 80,000 aircraft operations annually and is ranked as the fourth busiest airport in Oklahoma

  • The primary runway and parking apron can handle up to a Boeing 757 or Airbus 321.

  • According to a 2017 Economic Impact Study conducted by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, Stillwater’s airport has a local economic impact of

    • more than $70 million annually; and,

    • either directly or indirectly contributes to 663 jobs in the community.

  • SWO is completing a parallel taxiway, rehabilitating a runway, and beginning a multi-year apron reconstruction project.

  • SWO has a terminal expansion project to expand the terminal to further accommodate commercial air service and increased capacity demands.

  • Federal Aviation Administration awarded SWO with it’s 2017 Oklahoma Regional Airport of the Year Award – “recognized airport sponsors that have created a positive safety culture, implemented sound and consistent capital planning, supported FAA initiatives and have enhanced safety at the airport.”

  • The Flying Aggies are a student flying club at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. The purpose of the club is to encourage interest in aviation, to provide safe and economical flying for its members and to advance the knowledge of the membership in aeronautical and related subjects.

For a letter template and more information go to www.stillwater.org