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Normal flight schedules resume at Will Rogers World Airport after fatal shooting of Southwest employee

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. File photo
Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. File photo

Staff Report

Oklahoma City– Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City released a press release this morning  to announce that all airlines have now resumed operations of their regular flight schedules.

“Most passengers whose flights were cancelled or significantly delayed yesterday have been rebooked for today.  In all, there were 25 cancellations on Tuesday; ten arrivals and fifteen departures,” the release stated.

The release also expressed condolences regarding the tragic fatal shooting of Southwest employee Michael Winchester, a former University of Oklahoma football player and the father of Kansas City Chiefs long snapper James Winchester

“24 Southwest employees from Tulsa, Dallas and Phoenix traveled overnight to assist the OKC Southwest staff in the difficult task of restarting WRWA operations this morning,” the release stated. “The loss is felt by staff throughout the airport who worked side-by-side with Oklahoma City Police, Southwest Airlines and other airport tenants until the airport reopened and operations resumed.”

“On behalf of the airport, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the Winchester family,” says Mark Kranenburg, Airports Director.   “Our sympathies also go out to the Oklahoma City Southwest Airlines team who are coping with the loss of a co-worker and friend.  The airport commits its full support to Southwest as they deal with this tragedy.  They are part of our entire airport family and we share their grief.”

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