Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Altus Airlines Plans Flights from Oklahoma City to Tulsa / Prompted by Wichita Success

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Altus Airlines Plans Flights from Oklahoma City to Tulsa / Prompted by Wichita Success

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The success of new Altus Airlines service between Oklahoma City and Wichita has prompted that carrier to add another daily flight to its agenda, this one to Tulsa, according to John Gover, chairman.

The Tulsa flight - like the rest of Altus' service - is designed to "fill the gaps" left by larger carriers. It will be offered beginning Jan. 5, Gover said.

The flight will be the "early bird" out of Oklahoma City, leaving at 7:30 a.m., nearly two hours before the next morning flight out of Will Rogers World Airport, a 9:25 a.m. United Airlines junket.

The return flight will be Tulsa's last morning departure for Oklahoma City. Flights by other airlines leave Tulsa at 7:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. bound for Oklahoma City.

The new Altus Airlines flight will leave Tulsa at 9:30 a.m., arriving in Oklahoma City at 10:20 a.m. The next Tulsa to Oklahoma City connection is at 4 p.m., Gover said.

Altus avoids direct competition with other carriers - but it does take advantage of their schedules for connections, Gover said.

For example: Altus airlines passengers originating from Lawton, another city served by the airline, can fly out of Tulsa at 4 p.m. on Western Airlines or on Southwest Airlines at 5:05 p.m. to connect with the 6:10 p.m. Altus Airlines' flight back to Lawton, Gover said.

And: Oklahoma City pasengers who wish to make a same-day return flight from Tulsa still have two afternoon flight options - in spite of the fact that Altus has no evening service back to Oklahoma City.

Altus, which began service Oct. 27 to Wichita, had projected 450 passengers would fly that route during the first full month of service. But by Nov. 23, Altus had served 572, exceeding the projections by 27.1 percent, before the month was over.

Load factor was projected at 29 percent, but Gover said that figure has been exceeded by at least 12 percent.

The four Cessna 402 airplanes in Altus' fleet - easily the smallest at Will Rogers - need a load factor of about 30 percent in order to break even. …

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