Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Will Rogers Doing Well Overall, Officials Say

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Will Rogers Doing Well Overall, Officials Say

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Will Rogers World Airport has surprised airline carriers with its strength in recent years, even though the industry as a whole is in a dismal state of affairs, Southwest Airlines spokesman John Jamotta told city leaders Thursday.

"My opinion is that business is terrible," he said during the luncheon sponsored by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. He also called the industry "dysfunctional" and "insolvent," struggling to make a profit.

And yet in Oklahoma City, "We're very, very proud of our performance here," he said. "We make money here, and we're very happy about that."

Jamotta and Kevin Schorr, vice president of the Campbell-Hill Aviation Group consulting firm, gave an overview of the city's place in the airline industry, which was good overall, considering that airports nationwide lost massive numbers of passengers following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 five years ago.

Schorr said Will Rogers has gone from seven to eight carriers, losing Great Plains but gaining Frontier and America West. …

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