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7777 Airport Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115, USA
+1 918 838 5000
+1 918 838 5333 (Lost + Found)
Tulsa International Airport - All Information on Tulsa International Airport (TUL)

Tulsa International Airport (IATA: TUL, ICAO: KTUL, FAA LID: TUL) is 8 kilometers northeast of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was named Tulsa Municipal Airport in 1929 and got its present name in 1963.

TUL is a public facility owned by the City of Tulsa and operated by the Tulsa Airport Authority in the state of Oklahoma.

Aside from it being a global maintenance headquarters for American Airlines, the facility is also home to the 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. The airport also played a role during World War II.

After the war, this facility was used by Douglas (later McDonnell Douglas) and Rockwell International (later Boeing) for aircraft manufacturing, modification, repair, and research.

Tulsa International airport covers an area of 1,764 hectares and sits 206 meters above sea level at 36°11′54″N and 095°53′17″W.

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History of Tulsa International Airport

In 1906, Jimmie Jones and Bill Stringer partnered to design their airplane. But it failed even before they could even test it. A large thunderstorm rolled in and destroyed their only prototype.

In the 1920s and 1930s, new airports were being established all across America. Much of this was due to the influence of aviation legends, particularly Charles Lindbergh.

While his visit inspired the creation of the Tulsa Municipal Airport, it was Henry Ford that set the date. At the Ford plant in Michigan, by January, planning for the fourth Ford Air Tours was well underway.

The privately-owned McIntyre field was sufficient for that number. In 1928, planners estimated that over 50 aviators were required. In 1927, only fourteen airplanes had participated.

When Skelly contacted the event organizers to ensure that Tulsa would play host again, he thought that the airport was too small. He needed a space that could accommodate at least 50 airplanes, as well as offer the facilities to service them.

In January 1928, Skelly bought out the Mid-Continent Aircraft Company owned by Emery and Brown. While the Mid-Continent was active in 1926, it began to decline after the initial models were rolled out. Knowing that a new municipal airport was in the works, Skelly saw a great investment opportunity.

Skelly got the financial backing of at least 47 businessmen in Tulsa to sign a promissory note for the amount of $172,000. The collected money allowed the city to purchase 320 acres of land near Sheridan and Apache.

Immediately following the purchase, work began to ready the facility for Ford Air Tours. A few more weeks later, Tulsa had constructed two modern runways, an aircraft barn for maintenance, and a reception.

Upon its completion in 1928, Tulsa Municipal Airport was one of the most modern facilities anywhere, capable of accommodating more than 50 modern aircraft at any given time.

Within a year, Tulsa Municipal Airport was considered the busiest in the world.

And for the next 18 months, it attracted more than 70,000 passengers, beating London, Berlin, and Paris in passenger traffic in 1930.

Unfortunately, the McIntyre field did not survive and was entered into a merger, thus becoming the McIntyre Airport Company.

In 1946, American Airlines purchased two hangers that belonged to the Air Force to establish a maintenance and engineering base.

The Air Force Plant was reactivated in 1950 at the start of the cold war. In 1960, McDonnell Douglas began using the plant for aircraft maintenance while Rockwell International leased a portion to manufacture aerospace products.

McDonnell Douglas ended its lease in 1996 while Boeing purchased Rockwell International's aerospace business in the same year.

During the late 1950s, the Tulsa Airport handled flights from American, Braniff, Continental, Central, and TWA.

Years of growth made it apparent that it was time to build a modern terminal. A new terminal was constructed in 1958. It was inaugurated in 1961.

Two years later, the facility was given a new name, the Tulsa International Airport.

To honor Tulsa’s aviation history, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum was also established on the northwest side of the airport in 1998.

As of 2021, its top domestic routes include Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Atlanta, Georgia, Houston–Intercontinental, Texas, Dallas–Love, Texas, Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois, Charlotte, North Carolina, Houston–Hobby, Texas, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Transfer Services at Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport provides several modes of efficient transportation for its customers.

Services to/from TUL, including rental cars, taxis, rideshares, shuttles, and buses are available at the Ground Transportation Center of the terminal.

Tulsa International Airport has one main terminal with two Concourses: A and B.

Concourse A: 11 departure gates, A1 through A11.

Concourse B: Opened in 2012, Concourse B has 10 gates.

Rental Car Services at Tulsa International Airport

There are several Rental Car counters near the Baggage Claim area at Tulsa International Airport.

To book a car, you need to present identification, and receive your rental agreement. The counter representative will give the customer the keys & directions to their car.

The rental facility is generally open 24/7, but operation hours may vary. Please inquire at your service provider for specific service hours and return procedures.

Plan and book your rental car as soon as possible ahead of your trip. Also, plan to check with your rental car company to confirm your reservation ahead of your trip.

When ready to return your vehicle to the car rental center, remove all personal items before turning over the rented vehicle to the designated facility.

Allow plenty of time for your drive when returning the vehicle. If you’re not sure where to go, give the rental company a call.

When renting a vehicle, customers must abide by the Terms and Conditions of the company at all times. See and compare all rental car companies at Tulsa International Airport.

For item(s) lost and found inside the vehicle, please contact the rental car company directly.

For item(s) left on a rental car center shuttle bus, the Airport Lost and Found at +1 918-838-5333 (items are held for at least 30 days only).

Ride Shares at Tulsa International Airport

Rideshares at TUL pick up and drop off passengers at the designated area at the Ground Transportation Center.

Passengers can reserve rideshare by downloading the company’s app on their smartphone and coordinating directly with their driver. They can also request a ride a few days before their flight to avoid the inconvenience.

Ridesharing apps should let users verify the identity of drivers by checking out their faces, license plates, and colors.

Taxis at Tulsa International Airport

Taxis at TUL pick up and drop off passengers at the Ground Transportation Center.

This airport is served by different taxi companies 24/7.

A typical taxi fare from the airport to the downtown area would be around $20.00.

If you need to travel outside the city area, please consult your driver for rates. It is customary to give the driver a tip (15-20% of the fare) for good service. See more information about taxis at Tulsa International Airport.

Keep a record of the cab company, vehicle number, and driver's name just in case you leave something behind.

Trains at Tulsa International Airport

The train system in Tulsa has been closed since 1967. Passengers are advised to take another mode of transport when going around in the city of Tulsa.

From the airport, you can easily reach downtown by taxi for less than $20.00. More information about train services near Tulsa International Airport.

Buses at Tulsa International Airport

Scheduled Tulsa Transit Bus Route 203 serves the Airport on weekdays, offering downtown Tulsa connections. Regular Fare starts at $1.75. discounts apply to qualified passengers.

The bus stop for the airport is in front of the main terminal. Follow signs to ground transportation in the direction of the bus stop. More information about buses to and from Tulsa International Airport.

Hotel Shuttle Services at Tulsa International Airport

Many hotels in this city provide shuttle services. Passengers may confirm with their local hotel if this is available at their accommodation.

Shuttles pick up and drop passengers at the Ground Transportation Center in front of the terminal.

Parking at Tulsa International Airport

The airport provides safe and comfortable parking spaces for its customers. The facility is open 24/7. Cash and credit card payments are accepted. See more information about short and long term parking at Tulsa International Airport.

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Wi-Fi at Tulsa International Airport

The airport offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the terminal building. Connect to the AT&T Wi-Fi, free of charge.

ATMs at Tulsa International Airport

Located pre-security near the security checkpoint, near valet parking on the ticketing level, and post-security.

The ATMs located at the airport are affiliated with the Bank of Oklahoma.

Currency Exchange at Tulsa International Airport

There is no currency exchange in the TUL terminal.

If you are still planning your trip or if you have returned from a trip with foreign currency, your bank or credit union will usually offer the best exchange rates and lowest fees.

If that is not an option, consider withdrawing foreign currency from an ATM at your destination, preferably one that is affiliated with your bank or credit union to pay the lowest transaction fees.

Nursing Stations at Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma provides a private nursing mothers’ room for pumping breast milk and nursing requirements for those who prefer that.

The lactation room is located on the ticketing level across the hallway from the women's restroom.

Expressed milk and ice packs can be carried through the checkpoint. Check with TSA for more detailed additional information.

Restrooms at Tulsa International Airport

Accessible restrooms and regular restrooms are throughout the airport.

Food and Beverages at Tulsa International Airport

There are food and beverages shops throughout the airport terminals. Most food concessions operate on varying schedules.

Shopping at Tulsa International Airport

You can do some last-minute shopping inside the facility.

Smoking at Tulsa International Airport

Designated smoking areas are outside the east and west entrances of the main terminal on both the ticketing and lower levels.

In compliance with Arizona law, smoking or vaping, including the use of any type of e-cigarette, is not permitted inside buildings at Tulsa International Airport.

Smokers must use outside designated smoking areas.

Generally, they are required to stay at least 20 feet away from an entrance ensuring that tobacco smoke does not enter the building and that persons entering and leaving the building have a clear pathway where they are not subjected to breathing tobacco smoke.

When in the facility, please follow smoking regulations at all times

Lost and Found Section at Tulsa International Airport

For items lost on the aircraft or at the gate area, please contact the respective airlines lost and found.

If you lost an item in any other area at the airport, including the security checkpoints and shuttle buses, please contact the Lost and Found Office at +1 918-838-5333.

The airport's lost and found office is located in Room B218. Or you can also complete the Lost and Found process at the Information Desk.

When leaving your details for lost items(s), please include your full name, contact details, phone, email, and a description of the item(s).

The airport will keep all lost and found items for a considerable time of at least 30 days. After said period, the property will be deemed abandoned.

Please talk to the airport representative at the counter.

Ticketing at Tulsa International Airport

Please look for overhead signs pointing in the direction of ticketing areas at the terminals in front of the security checkpoint.

Each airline has its operating hours, but typically, airlines open their ticket counters two hours before departure time, even for early morning flights.

Generally, payment by cash or checks may not be accepted at American airports. Please consult your air carrier or travel agent for more details.

Information Desk at Tulsa International Airport

Please follow the overhead signs to locate the Information Desk at the main terminal of the airport. Phone: +1 918-838-5000.

Pet Relief at Tulsa International Airport

A service animal/pet relief area has been designated pre-security just outside of the rental car counters on the Upper Level.

Please ask assistance from any uniformed personnel for guidance.

Note that airlines have specific policies and fares for transporting pets. Animals are not permitted unless they are in proper pet carriers to assist disabled individuals.

Passengers should contact TSA for information on security screening for a pet or service animal.

Baggage Claim at Tulsa International Airport

Please retrieve luggage at your designated Baggage Claim on the Ground Level of the terminal. Carts are available to assist passengers with special needs.

The Baggage Claim area contains the information and Rental Car counters and other transportation options.

In the case of missing items, contact your respective airline or their airline ticket counter.

Passengers can also inquire from the Information Desk for further assistance.

The Airport Lost and Found Phone is +1 918-838-5333.

When leaving a message, include your name, email, contact phone number, and a brief description of the lost item(s).

Disabled Passengers at Tulsa International Airport

The airport is fully accessible to passengers with special needs, and wheelchairs are allowed to the gates and aircraft doors.

Travelers with disabilities or medical needs who have questions about the policies or procedures at security checkpoints, please call +1 918-838-5000.

Additionally, they may notify the airline, travel agent, ticketing agent, flight attendant, or gate agent when carts, wheelchairs, or medical transportation is needed.

Things to do in Tulsa

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Tulsa International Airport Contacts

Address: 7777 Airport Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115, USA
General Phone: +1 918-838-5000
General Email: taaweb@tulsaairports.com
Lost and Found Email: https://lostandfoundsoftware.com/lost-item-inquiry.php?id=85b6a48b-4369-11ea-9a67-062d7f897360
Lost and Found Phone: +1 918-838-5333
Official Website: https://www.tulsaairports.com/

Local Information

Drive on: Right
Electricity: 120V/60Hz.
Plug: A, B
Currency: USD, US$, $
Wi-Fi at Airport: AT&T Wi-Fi is available free of charge throughout Tulsa International Airport.

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