3rd Quarter Average Fare Report Released
Date: February 6, 2015
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released its third quarter average fare report. In this report, Wichita’s average fare for the third quarter was $410.41, an increase of just 1.2% from the third quarter 2013, but a 29% decrease from its third quarter 2000 fare. This compares to a U.S. average fare decline of 14.1% since 2000.
In 2000, Wichita’s fare ranked 20th highest in the nation (out of the top 100 airports). In 2014, Wichita ranked 43rd highest.
In comparison to regional airports, Wichita’s fare is less than Oklahoma City’s fare of $429.29, and less than Tulsa’s fare of $440.53. Kansas City’s fare was $376.08, and the U.S. average was $396.37.
“The impact of low-cost carriers in our market is clearly seen by the 29% decrease in fares since 2000, particularly when compared to regional airports,” stated Valerie Wise, Air Service & Business Development Manager.
Low-fare service entered the Wichita market in 2002 with AirTran, followed by Allegiant, Frontier, and now Southwest Airlines. Southwest is vital to keeping fares competitive.
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March 1, 2015 will be the last United nonstop flight to LAX. United has made a decision to shrink its operations in LAX due mainly to operational problems in LA. The operating carrier on the route, Skywest, is cutting 1,000 hours out of its schedule due to pilot staffing issues, also making it difficult for United to continue the route.
The service began May 1, 2013 and was well received by our market. The original flight departed Wichita 6:00 a.m; arriving in LAX @ 7:25 a.m., and returned at 6:46 pm arriving in ICT at 11:35 pm. which made for a convenient day trip and also provided great connections to Hawaii and points west. In October, United changed the schedule to a 6:09 pm departure, which was less convenient and reduced connections.
While this is disappointing news, Allegiant will resume its nonstop service to LAX starting June 3, with service on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The schedule is available for booking at www.allegiantair.com.
January 26, 2015
City leaders unveiled a new logo today for the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and provided an update on the new terminal’s progress.
The new Airport logo contains a dominant ‘W’ for Wichita and a subtle ‘E’ for Eisenhower, both housed uniquely in a wing-like form. The distinct geometric nature of the symbol was inspired by the modern architecture of the new terminal, while a custom-type treatment was developed to correspond with the curvilinear nuances of the symbol.
“The blue and green logo colors were selected to embrace the modern and vibrant progress we’re experiencing at the airport and in Wichita,” said airport director, Victor White. “The logo is modern and confident, yet friendly and inviting, much like our community.”
The new logo will be displayed on airport marketing materials which will also showcase the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport name. It pays tribute to President Dwight D. Eisenhower who is known for his strong support of military and civilian aviation and aerospace activities. The new name is now being officially used by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Wichita Airport Authority.
“In the coming months, people will see the new name reflected in everything from highway signage to the airport’s website and marketing materials,” said White. “As we make the transition, the old name may still be seen in some places but the new name will be used universally by the time the terminal opens this spring.”
The airport’s code, ICT and the website, flywichita.com, will remain the same.
“The new name and logo are just the beginning to what will be an exciting year at the airport,” said White. “Final installations, such as the 12 jet ways, which will be the largest installation of glass-walled jet ways in the United States, are being constructed now. Retail shops and restaurants will be taking shape in the next couple of months.”
White says the public will get a chance to see the completed terminal at the end of April and the first flights will take place in May.
Date: December 21, 2014
Unnamed sources report that Santa Claus will be at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 21 – 23. The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, reports that Santa’s schedule at ICT will be:
It is unknown at this time if Santa will be flying in on his sleigh or on one of the commercial airlines. Santa will be in the main terminal to hand out stuffed animals and greet the passengers at the airport.
Date: December 2, 2014
Several vocal and instrumental groups from area schools will be entertaining travelers at Mid-Continent Airport beginning December 5 through December 19 with the sounds of the Christmas season. The schedule of performances is as follows:
December 5 9:30 am – 10:15 am OK Elementary School
December 9 10:30 am – 11:00 am Cleaveland Traditional Magnet Elementary School
December 10 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Northfield School of Liberal Arts
December 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Caldwell Elementary School Singing Hands Choir
December 12 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Hadley Middle School Jazz Band
December 15 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Adams Elementary School
December 16 10:00 am – 10:30 am Irving Elementary School
December 16 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Riverside Elementary School
December 17 10:15 am – 10:45 am Colwich Elementary School
December 17 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Dodge Literacy Magnet School
December 17 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Linwood Elementary School
December 18 10:00 am – 10:30 am Enterprise Elementary School
December 18 10:45 am – 11:30 am McLean Elementary School
December 18 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm White Elementary School
December 19 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Cessna Elementary School
Date: November 21, 2014
As we prepare for a busy holiday season at Mid-Continent Airport, airport officials offer these travel tips to make your travel through ICT and your connecting and destination airports easier.
Travelers should expect busy airports and full flights. According to preliminary reports from the airlines, loads are fairly evenly distributed starting Tuesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 30, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day when some flights are not operating. There are still seats available and we expect loads to fill up as we get closer to the holiday. The busiest days at ICT will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Saturday and Sunday after the holiday.
Travelers should arrive two hours before departure time to allow enough time to park, check in, and get through security screening.
Due to the parking garage construction, parking and waiting in front of the terminal building will not be allowed. If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, please be quick to do so. The lane in front of the terminal is used by courtesy vehicles, and there is not enough room to sit there and wait. Use the convenient cell phone lot while waiting to pick up passengers.
In case the long-term and Park & Ride lots fill up, we have contingency plans for overflow parking. Please arrive early in case you need to be directed to overflow lots. The shuttle will transport you to/from the terminal.
The location where the Park & Ride shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers has moved, it is now located on the east end of the terminal, outside of baggage claim. It previously was across the street from the main entrance of the terminal.
Due to construction, travelers are also reminded the following parking limitations remain in effect:
The following tips are provided to help you prepare for the busy holiday travel season:
Other helpful links:
Date: November 4, 2014
The twelfth and final Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:15 a.m. carrying seven World War II vets along with 23 Korean War veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. Two special WWII vets: Ted Zehring, a 100 year old Army veteran from Wichita and Aldee Miller, a 95 year old Army Air Corp Tuskegee airman from Wichita will be on this flight.
The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital. They will return on Friday, Nov. 7 on Southwest Airlines Flight #12, arriving at 11:35 a.m. The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.
In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.
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. 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 the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.
Date: October 31, 2014
Today the Wichita Fire Department will bring a structural engineer and heavy equipment to the site of Thursday’s plane crash at the Flight Safety International building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. There are portions of the building that must come down to ensure the safety of crews as they work to remove the four deceased victims. Three were found inside a flight simulator and one was found on the roof. The names and ages of the victims have not been released. The Sedgwick County Coroner’s Office will be the agency to release the names of the victims at a later date.
Wichita Police and Fire Department crews remain at the scene. Fire officials say crews put out a few small fires that occurred in the building overnight. Police officers are assisting with two street closures and management of the scene. Police officials encourage drivers to continue to avoid the area.
The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has scheduled a 4 p.m. media briefing today at the site. The NTSB will be handling further media briefings on the incident. NTSB Public Affairs Officer, Peter Knudson, can be reached at (202) 557-1350.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has footage of the crash should call 316-946-4710.
Date: Oct. 30, 2014 – 4:49 pm
City of Wichita officials have confirmed three of the victims from this morning’s plane crash are from the Wichita area and one is from another country. Three were found inside a flight simulator and one was found on the roof. The names and ages of the victims have not been released. Investigators are still working to notify the family members of the victims.
The victims have not been removed due to structural concerns with the building. Earlier today, a structural engineer arrived at the scene to help assess the structural integrity of the building and to provide guidance to emergency responders. Additional equipment will arrive by Friday to help remove portions of the building. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
Police and Fire crews will remain at the scene to monitor building conditions throughout the night.
Anyone who witnessed the crash, or has footage of the crash should call 316-946-4700 or 316-946-4740. Family members trying to locate family members are to call 316-220-3100.
Public safety officials have confirmed four people are dead after a Beechcraft King Air 200 crashed into the top of the Flight Safety International Cessna Learning Center North building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport just before 10 am on Thursday, Oct.30. Five people have been treated at local hospitals.
Date: Oct. 30, 2017 – 12:51 pm
Wichita public safety officials have confirmed four people are dead after a Beechcraft King Air 200 crashed into the top of the Flight Safety Building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport just before 10 am on Thursday, Oct.30. Five people have been transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. Officials are still trying to locate four of the approximately 100 people who were reportedly in the building at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Information about the pilot, any passengers or the destination of the aircraft is not yet known.
Fire officials report the crash resulted in a two-alarm fire that is now under control. Firefighters have been evacuated from the building which has been declared unstable.
Mid-Continent flights are largely on schedule with a few reported delays. Passengers should check with their airlines regarding any flight changes and arrive at the airport as early as possible due to traffic congestion in the area. Those who do not have scheduled flights should avoid the area.
Family members who are trying to locate missing relatives should come to 1780 Airport Road.