February 05, 2016
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today participated in an event at Stillwater Regional Airport where American Airlines announced it will be establishing its first commercial air service at the airport beginning in August. Inhofe delivered brief remarks and was joined by Casey Norton, director of external communications at American Airlines; Patrick Quayle, managing director, network and fleet strategy at American Airlines; Stillwater Mayor Gina Nobel; Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis; Governor Mary Fallin; Congressman Frank Lucas; and Oklahoma Department of Transportation Sec. Gary Ridley.
To help support the commencement of commercial service, the City of Stillwater is using $477,000 from a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant the city received in 2013. In addition to the federal funding, $680,000 in local funds has been committed to this project that will be used to complete a renovation of the airport terminal. At the request of the City of Stillwater, Inhofe sent a letter, along with Congressman Frank Lucas, to American Airlines on July 8, 2015, encouraging the company to continue to consider establishing commercial service to the city.
“It took a team effort from the entire Stillwater community to help establish the first commercial air service into Stillwater,” said Inhofe. “Sec. Gary Ridley has been a tireless advocate for this opportunity and it would not have been possible without him. I also want to thank American Airlines for partnering with the Stillwater community. This only stands to benefit all parties as Stillwater is home to Oklahoma State University and is a center point for a vibrant and growing region of Oklahoma."
American will be offering two flights a day, seven days a week to the Dallas / Ft Worth Airport with a 50 passenger regional jet airplane. This service will connect North Central Oklahoma, which includes Ponca City, Perry and Cushing, with a major international airline hub serving over two hundred destinations.