The consultant who's writing our airport's new master plan has compiled a list of the airlines serving our airport since airline deregulation in 1978. Take a look at the chart. It vividly illustrates the huge changes in the industry.
See the service to Tulsa, Kansas City and Little Rock? A present day airline wouldn't even consider serving those near-by cities. And notice all the big jets the airlines used to serve this market before 2001 — the 737s and 727s. These days the airlines use regional jets to fly into small markets like ours. The regional jets are denoted as the CRJs and ERJs.