American spokeswoman Linda Brock said local officials and the business community showed the route was needed. She said the airline had been working toward this service for a long time but had to consider gate options, passenger loads and feasibility to be able to carry and maintain a service. G.T. Bynum, mayor of Tulsa, said getting more direct flights out of Tulsa has been a priority, especially over the last two years.
He said the city has had a lot of success with smaller airlines opening up new markets like San Jose and Austin, but to get one of the major legacy carriers to open up a flight between Tulsa and Los Angeles “is a huge win for our community.”