New Airport Terminal Scheduled to Open June 3

Airport Parking Garage, Rental Car Center to Open May 27

Date:  May 21, 2015

Mayor Jeff Longwell today announced that the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport new terminal is scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 3.

Also, two major parts of the $200 million new terminal project – the new Parking Garage and Rental Car Center – will open on Wednesday morning, May 27, said Longwell, who was joined by Victor White, the Director of Airports, during the Mayor’s regular Thursday news briefing.

“The new terminal and the addition of the new Parking Garage and Rental Car Center represent a significant improvement for travelers and other customers visiting Eisenhower Airport,” Longwell said. “

We’ve needed these facilities for a long time. We’re very excited that construction is nearly complete. The new terminal project is the airline gateway to our state. It will serve as a first and last impression for many visitors to our region and it reinforces Wichita’s global status as the Air Capital of the World.”

The new terminal and parking garage projects were funded with airport generated revenue and fees collected from aviation system users.

The four-level parking garage offers 1,200 stalls, with 800 under cover, and includes covered crosswalks which take travelers to and from the new terminal.  Once the parking garage opens, the current Long Term and Short Term parking lots will close.  Cars remaining in those lots will still be able to exit at the current cashier plaza. Arriving customers picking up their cars in the Long Term Lot will follow the same temporary pedestrian path to the lot from the terminal that they used when departing for their flights. Interim parking rates in the new garage are:

  • First 30 minutes free
  • $2/hour
  • $10 for Over 4 hours (maximum daily)

Payment can be in the form of all major credit cards, debit cards, personal and traveler’s checks, and cash.

The new Rental Car Center, which contains the customer service counters for all 9 agencies, is located adjacent to the garage.  Rental car pickup and drop-off will now be inside on the first level of the parking structure. Until the new terminal opens in June, rental car customers and parkers using the garage needing to go to and from the current terminal, will access these facilities by following marked walking paths towards the new terminal, and crossing the street at the first crosswalk.

Project construction will continue until later this fall on new surface Close-In Automated and Economy parking lots surrounding the garage.

Third Honor Flight Departs Wednesday

Date: May 11, 2015

The third Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, carrying four World War II veterans and 21 Korean War veterans to Washington, DC.  The veterans and their guardians are flying on Southwest Airlines, a major contributor to the Kansas Honor Flight Organization.

The veterans will enjoy a two-night stay in the nation’s capital, where the group will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  In addition, they will visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and have a driving tour by other landmarks. This will be the first trip this year that will finish the tour with a flag ceremony at Ft. McHenry where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner during the War of 1812.

The public is invited to participate in the festive welcome home celebration on Friday. The veterans will return on Southwest Airlines flight 576 scheduled to arrive at 11:10 a.m.  Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m.  More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans, then Korean War Veterans and Vietnam War Veterans. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide fund the trip. Please visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of Southwest Airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

4th Qtr. 2014 Fares Remain Affordable

Date:  May 4, 2015

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released its 4th quarter 2014 airfare data, showing Wichita’s fare increased just .5 percent to $392.71 from $390.83 in the 4th quarter 2013.  The U.S. average domestic air fare increased 2.0 percent to $393 in the 4th quarter of 2014, up from $385 in the fourth quarter of 2013, adjusted for inflation.

In the 4th quarter 2000, Wichita’s average fare (adjusted for inflation) was $565.42, the 16th highest fare of the top 100 airports in the U.S.  Wichita’s 4th quarter 2014 fare is 30.5% less than in 2000, and has fallen to the 54th highest out of the top 100 U.S. airports.

Comparing average fares in the region, Tulsa and Oklahoma City have higher fares than Wichita; Kansas City’s fare remains less, but not by much.

Tulsa                          $426.79

Oklahoma City          $415.13

Kansas City              $371.85

Wichita                       $392.71

U.S. Average            $392.66

Low cost carrier Southwest Airlines provides the competition needed to keep fares in Wichita affordable.  When researching fares, all Southwest fares are only found at www.southwest.com.  Other booking sites do not publish all of Southwest’s fares.

Second Honor Flight Departs Tuesday

Date:  April 27, 2015

The second Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m. carrying six World War II veterans, 19 Korean War veterans, and 1 Vietnam War veteran to Washington, DC.  The veterans and their guardians are flying on Southwest Airlines, which sponsors the Honor Flights.

The veterans will enjoy a two-night stay in the national’s capital, where the group will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  In addition, they will visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and have a driving tour by other landmarks in our nation’s capital on Wednesday. A number of our Washington congressional delegation is expected to be on hand to welcome these Kansas veterans.

The public is invited to participate in the festive welcome home celebration on Thursday.  They will be returning on Southwest Airlines flight 576 scheduled to return at 11:10 a.m.  Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m.  More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Please visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of Southwest Airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

Honor Flight Returning Friday

Date: April 16, 2015

The first Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return on Friday, April 17 carrying 25 World War II veterans and their guardians. The public is invited to participate in the festive welcome home celebration. The Southwest Airlines’ flight is scheduled to arrive at 11:10 am.  Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m.  More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.

First Honor Flight of 2015

Date:  April 15, 2015

The first Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, carrying 25 World War II veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC.

Included in this group of heroes are a female Army veteran and a female Navy veteran.

The veterans will enjoy a two-night stay in the nation’s capital, where the group visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial. Additionally, they will tour the Lincoln Memorial the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The public is invited to participate in the festive welcome home celebration on Friday.  The flight is scheduled to return at 11:10 am.  Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m.  More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.

The flight is sponsored by Southwest Airlines. The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Please visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of Southwest Airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

New Terminal Tour for the Community

Date: April 14, 2015

The public is invited to attend an open house on Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. to tour the new terminal and parking facilities at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.  Since the open house is being held prior to full completion, the public will be able to tour the entire facility without TSA restrictions.  T-shirts will be given out and door prizes will be announced every half hour, but you need not be present to win.

Free parking will be available at the Learjet parking lot at 1 Learjet Way in Wichita (entrance is located off of Tyler).  Look for signs marked “Community Open House.”  Buses will transport you to and from the new terminal.  (See map).

Security will be enforced.  Please do not bring large bags, backpacks, coolers, weapons, or anything that might be considered a security risk.

The new terminal is a marvel of modern architecture right here in the Heartland,” said Victor White, Director of Airports. “It’s a point of pride for our city that should make travel to and from the Air Capital even better for outbound and inbound travelers.”

Designed to be a reflection of Wichita’s aviation prominence, the all-new Wichita Eisenhower National Airport air terminal spans two levels, features 12 gates and encompasses 275,000 total square feet. The terminal, parking garage and rental car facilities are designed to serve over two million travelers every year with a world-class flight experience to and from the Air Capital. With five airlines making 72 flights daily, it’s not just Kansas’ largest airport – it’s the Midwest’s newest access point to the rest of the world.

Both facilities cost $200 million and were 100 percent financially self-supported through airport generated revenue and on-airport user fees and charges. No local tax dollars were used to fund the development or operation of these facilities.

The Community Open House concludes a week of dedication events for the new terminal and parking facilities.  Many thanks to our sponsors who made these events possible:

Spirit Aerosystems, Presenting Sponsor

Crossland Construction Company

Key Construction/Walbridge, a joint venture

HNTB Architecture

AECOM

Civil Technology, Inc.

Cargill

Building Controls & Services, Inc.

Automatic Systems Inc.

InTrust Bank

GLMV Architecture

Professional Engineering Consultants

Cornejo & Sons

FSC MEP Engineers

Logplan

Carl Walker Inc

Leigh Fisher

MSE Branded Foods

Dr. Thom & Adrienne Rosenberg

Jaco

Leasecorp Aviation

KGFI

Schaefer Johnson Cox & Frey

Baughman

Clear Channel

Visit Wichita

EagleMed

The McCollom Family

The Martens Companies

ABM Parking

Chrysallis Aviation Solutions

Kruse Corporation

Wichita Federal Credit Union

Hentzen Contractors, Inc.

Enterprise Rent A Car

 

MEDIA PARKING:    Parking for members of the media will be available in the lot across from the Airport Administration Building and Airport Police & Fire.  Take the Park & Ride exit and continue straight until the road ends.  Signs are marked “Media Parking.” Provide parking staff identification, indicating that you are a member of the media for entrance.

 

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City Announces Spirit AeroSystems as Presenting Sponsor

Date: April 9, 2015

Spirit AeroSystems is the presenting sponsor for a series of events celebrating the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal located at 2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway. The community events  include a Dedication Event on April 11, Community Open House on April 18 and a celebration marking the first day of operations in May (date to be announced).

“The increasing demand for air travel that is driving the need for the new airport also drives growth in our business,” said Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO Larry Lawson.  “We’re proud to partner with the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport to help celebrate this important milestone for growth in our hometown.”

Spirit designs and manufactures aerostructures — such as fuselages and wing components — for commercial aircraft. The company builds more than 70% of every Boeing 737, the bestselling jetliner in aviation history and a common sight on the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport runway.

Additional sponsors include:

  • Crossland Construction Company
  • KeyConstruction/Walbridge, a joint venture
  • HNTB Architecture
  • AECOM
  • Civil Technology, Inc.
  • Cargill
  • Building Controls & Services, Inc.
  • Automatic Systems Inc.
  • InTrust Bank
  • GLMV Architecture
  • Professional Engineering Consultants
  • Cornejo & Sons
  • FSC MEP Engineers
  • Logplan
  • Carl Walker Inc
  • Leigh Fisher
  • MSE Branded Foods
  • Dr. Thom & Adrienne Rosenberg
  • Jaco
  • Leasecorp Aviation
  • KGFI
  • Schaefer Johnson Cox & Frey
  • Baughman
  • Clear Channel
  • Visit Wichita
  • EagleMed
  • The McCollom Family
  • The Martens Companies
  • ABM Parking
  • Chrysallis Aviation Solutions
  • Kruse Corporation
  • Wichita Federal Credit Union
  • Hentzen Contractors, Inc.
  • Enterprise Rent A Car

Media Preview of New Facilities

Date: April 3, 2015

The media is invited to attend a sneak preview from 1 – 4 p.m., Thursday, April 9 of the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.  The tour will include the terminal, parking and rental car facilities.  The media will also have the opportunity to interview members of the design team, as well as officials from the airlines, concessions and Transpiration Security Administration.

There will be areas that are not finished when the media tour takes place.  However by holding the event before completion, the media will view areas of the new terminal that will be closed due to security restrictions after the building opens/begins operations.

The media tour kicks off a week of events to celebrate the new airport facilities which  include an employee and family open house on April 10, the dedication gala on April 11, and a community open house on April 18.

Directions to the parking lot for the media event:

  • Heading south to the airport, take the General Aviation/Air Cargo/Park & Ride Lot exit.
  • Continue straight past the Air Cargo Buildings until you come to a stop sign.
  • Park in the lot to your left where signs are marked “Media Parking”

Arrive by 12:45 pm to allow time to park and walk to the new terminal.  Please RSVP by calling (316) 946-4700 by April 7.

 

Community Events Celebrate New Airport Terminal and Parking Facilities

Date: March 25, 2015

The public is invited to celebrate the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal, parking garage and rental car facilities during three community events.  They include the Dedication Gala, the Community Open House and the First Flight/Ribbon Cutting. The events will all take place at the new terminal, 2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway.

The Dedication Gala will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The gala includes:

  • Self-guided tours of the new terminal;
  • Entertainment provided by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra;
  • Food and beverages;
  • Remarks by special guests

Learn more and purchase tickets to the Dedication Gala at www.flywichita.com/gala  for $125 per person.  Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Airport will also host two additional free community events. They include:

  • Community Open House – from 1-5 pm on Saturday, April 18
  • First Flight/Ribbon Cutting – time and date to be announced

More details of the Community Open House and First Flight/Ribbon Cutting will be announced at a later date.  For more information about the progress on the new terminal project, please visit flywichita.com.