Author: Ian Silver
Published: March 21, 2013
Tulsa area leaders announced a new initiative to bring more non-stop flights to more destinations to Tulsa International Airport. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, leaders of the Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Bartlesville, along with regional business leaders made the announcement. Among those who spoke about the need to bring more non-stop service to Tulsa was Jay Foley with Cancer Treatment Centers of America. "Direct airline access is critically important for a patient suffering from cancer to have ease of entry into the Tulsa market," Foley said. Foley said limited direct access to TIA is limiting patients' access to his hospital. "Eighty percent of our patients travel from outside the state of Oklahoma to get here; on average, 450 miles one way. So, we're truly a destination hospital."