Tulsa Riverside Airport expects increased private plane traffic for tournament
Air traffic resumed at Tulsa’s Riverside Airport on Wednesday as more fans and spectators traveled to Tulsa for the PGA Championship.
Airport crews said they know how to handle the extra traffic.
“Just kind of coordinating who’s going to do what, what we expect and contingency plans that have like areas are starting to fill up with planes where we’re going to start piling more and more planes on the line,” Austin Rouleur said.
Wheeler said 80 golfers flew to the airport on Sunday and throughout the week mostly saw fans and spectators.
“Every day I think more and more fans are showing up to stay, but we also have quite a number of fans who are just going to fly in for the day and leave again at night,” Wheeler said.
He said the biggest challenge is not knowing how many planes are waiting each day or how long they will be there. Wheeler said most jets that have landed drop off passengers and then depart.
“Which is really beneficial for us. We don’t have to create space for them to stay. It’s really just that you know one hour at most that they’re sitting here and then they move on to another. That’s going to be the challenge on Sunday, it’s all these planes coming back to pick up passengers,” Wheeler said.
He expects to see two or three jets take off every 10 minutes on Sunday evening.
“There will be a lot of planes stacked up and staged here ready to pick up passengers coming in from the tournament as things start to wind down there, we expect a lot of players as well as fans to come here to leave,” Wheeler said. .