Tulsa, Oklahoma 2022-05-10 21:31:22 –
Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma is preparing to welcome dozens of private jets carrying golfers and spectators to the PGA Championship next week.
From Sunday, the crew will work longer and the airport plans to increase patrols. Airport manager Austin Wheeler is often found at airfields monitoring already crowded airports. With six flight schools on site, it is the state’s busiest small airport for landing and takeoff. This week he is preparing to welcome 30-40 private jets with a renowned golfer.
“Our refuelers are working extra time. Our air traffic control tower usually closes at 10 pm and will stay late in the evening.”
Airport security will also increase patrols, as they expect spectators to gather outside the airfield fence to get a glimpse of the golfers.
According to Wheeler, guiding jets when they arrive is one of the challenges as traffic increases. They want the majority to drop, refuel, and pop out of their players to make room for others. However, there is space if needed.
“Looking at what your needs are, it will be really dynamic and mobile. It will change over time, if not faster.”
The airport spent four months rehabilitating the runway area and made a major renewal of the airport’s front door.
“It’s exciting for us to see it actually happen, but we’re really excited to get here in June and things get back to normal.”
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