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.

Spring Break Travel Tips

Date: March 13, 2015

With a busy spring break travel season approaching, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport officials are advising passengers to arrive at least an hour and a half to two hours before departure time, particularly if the flight is between 6 and 7 a.m.  Use these helpful travel tips to your  trip a breeze:

  • Arrive early
  • Check your flight online up to 24 hours before departure;
  • Use the Park & Ride lot; cost is just $6/day;
  • To pick up passengers, use the cell phone lot just south of the Park & Ride lot;
  • If you are a TSA Pre-Check passenger, proceed to the Pre-Check lane at Security Checkpoint.
  • Do not remove shoes at the security checkpoint if you are 75 or older or 12 years and younger;
  • Present your government-issued photo identification ready at Security Checkpoint;
  • Be ready to remove coats, take off shoes, hand over laptops and 3-1-1 bags (unless you are in pre-check)
  • Board at the gate at least 30 minutes before departure;
  • Be aware that airline ticket counters close 30 minutes before departure;
  • Visit your airlines’ websites for rules regarding carry-on luggage;
  • Report suspicious activity to airport or airline officials or local law enforcement;
  • Visit flywichita.com for helpful airport information and for updated flight status.

 

ICT’S Average Fare Down 29% Since 2000

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.

Inflation-Adjusted Average Domestic Itinerary Fares Pct. Change
Airport 3Q2000 3Q2013 3Q2014 2000-2014 2013-2014
US Average 461.35 396.50 396.37 -14.1 0.0
Kansas City 382.07 380.70 376.08 -1.6 -1.2
Oklahoma City 426.66 429.57 429.29 0.6 -0.1
Tulsa 422.20 455.35 440.53 4.3 -3.3
Wichita 577.73 405.62 410.41 -29.0 1.2

 

United to Drop LAX Nonstop; Allegiant will Resume LAX Service

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.

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Unveils New Logo

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.