Christmas Music 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

Holiday Travel Tips

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:

  • Short-term parking remains strictly limited to four (4) hours
  • Vehicles remaining in the short-term parking lot for more than four (4) hours will be charged the maximum rate of $50. Vehicles remaining in the lot overnight will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Entrance to the short-term and long-term lots is only on the west side of the lot area.

The following tips are provided to help you prepare for the busy holiday travel season:

  • Arrive a minimum of two hours before your flight boarding time to allow enough time to park, check in, and get through security.  The checkpoint opens at 4:00 a.m.  Ticket counters generally close 30 minutes prior to departure, and the airlines begin boarding at the gate at least 30 minutes before departure.
  • Plan ahead.  Refer to your airlines’ websites for baggage requirements, fees, and other pertinent information.  See our Airline Information page.
  • Follow us on Twitter@FlyICT or on our mobile website, flywichita.com, for parking updates.
  • Check-in online for your flight up to 24 hours before departure.
  • Use the PARK & RIDE lot, where a free shuttle provides curbside service to and from the terminal.  See our Parking Information.
  • Make sure your name on your ticket matches your driver’s license.
  • When packing, visit TSA’s website to learn what items are permitted and prohibited.
  • Do not overstuff your bags and weigh your bags before getting to the airport.  Airlines charge extra for oversize and overweight bags.  Plus, because of full flights, there may not be room for large bags in the overhead bins.
  • If you are 75 years or older or 12 years and younger you do not have to remove shoes at the security checkpoint.
  • Check your boarding pass to see if it indicates TSA Pre✓™.  If so, proceed to the pre-check lane.  If you are not in a TSA pre-check lane, be ready to remove coats, take off shoes, and hand over laptops and 3-1-1 bags.
  • Dress so you can breeze through security.  Wear slip on shoes and little or no metal.  Belt buckles set off alarms.
  • Use the free cell phone lot while waiting to pick up an arriving passenger; parking in front of the terminal is not permitted.  The cell phone lot is located just south of the Park & Ride lot, in front of the Air Cargo Building.
  • Do not leave bags unattended in the terminal.
  • Visit www.flywichita.com or use our mobile website for helpful airport information such as arrival and departure status and airline contact information.

Other helpful links:

MyTSA mobile app

TSA Travel Tips

Last Honor Flight of the Year Departs Wednesday

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.

Plane Crash Update – 10/31/14

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.

Plane Crash Update

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.

Update on Plane Crash

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.

Small Plane Crash at Mid-Continent Airport

Date:  October 30, 2014

A plane crash occurred just before 10 am today at the FlightSafety Building, located at 1851 Airport Road on Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Two people who were inside the building have been confirmed dead.  Four people have been transported to local hospitals, three with serious injuries. Five people are unaccounted and officials are still identifying others who may be missing.  Approximately 100 people (employees and visitors) were in the building at the time of the crash.

A Beechcraft King Air 200 struck the top of the building but the cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Information about the pilot, any passengers or the destination of the aircraft is not yet known.

Potential victims on the plane have not been confirmed.  The building has sustained serious damage, including the collapse of walls and ceilings.

Responding agencies included the Wichita Fire Department, Wichita Police Department, Mid-Continent Public Safety Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and the FBI.  Fire officials report the crash resulted in a two-alarm fire that is ongoing.  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.

Honor Flight #11 Returns Thursday

Date:  October 28, 2014

The 11th Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return from Washington, DC on Thursday, Oct. 30, carrying three World War II veterans and 25 Korean War veterans and their guardians. Their trip to Washington includes tours of 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 public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home. They will be returning on Southwest Flight #9126 that arrives into ICT at 6:05 p.m

Honor Flight Returning Friday

The 10th Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return from Washington, DC on Friday, Oct. 17 carrying 27 Korean War veterans and their guardians.  Their trip to Washington includes tours of 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 public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.  They will be returning Friday on Southwest Airlines flt. # 912 at 4:15 pm.

Airport Parking Advisory

October 14, 2014

Construction Expands into Lots and Commercial Vehicle Lanes

The parking construction zone is now in the process of migrating further to the east.  This will slightly reduce parking stalls available in the Short-term and Long-term lots.  The entrance to the Short-term and Long-term lots is now only on the west side of the lots.  No overnight parking is allowed in short-term; cars parked overnight may be towed.  The Long-term lot frequently fills to capacity; parking in the Park & Ride lot is recommended.

The commercial and courtesy vehicle lane is also going to be affected.  Effective October 20, shuttles, limousines and courtesy vehicles will pick up passengers on the west end of the terminal; taxis and Park & Ride Shuttle will pick up passengers on the east end of the terminal near baggage claim.

In order to reduce congestion and allow room for the commercial and courtesy vehicles, parking and waiting in front of the terminal to pick up passengers is not allowed.  Use the convenient cell phone lot, located just south of the Park & Ride lot next to the Air Cargo building.  Your guest can then call you when ready to be picked up.  If you are dropping off passengers, please limit your time in front of the terminal.  At no time are you to leave your cars unattended.

Please visit our airport website Construction Zone – What you need to know for parking.  http://www.flywichita.com/construction-zone.php