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

Wright Amendment’s End is Welcome

October 10, 2014

ICT and Southwest celebrate end of a restrictive law

Wichita air travelers will have more options to popular destinations beginning Monday, Oct. 13, when the restrictive Wright Amendment comes to an end. The federal law, adopted in 1979, was repealed in 2006 though some restrictions were left intact through Oct. 13, 2014.

Many state political and business leaders fought over the years to repeal Wright. The amendment limited flights out of Dallas Love Field to locations within Texas and neighboring states. In 1997 the law was expanded to include Kansas, Alabama and Mississippi. The lifted restrictions will have an immediate benefit for Mid-Continent travelers. More nonstop destinations from Dallas will offer more choices for Wichita travelers, officials say, and the increased competition will help keep fares competitive.  Wichita passengers will be able to fly nonstop from Dallas to the following destinations:

Beginning Oct. 13, 2014:

  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Orlando
  • Chicago Midway
  • Los Angeles
  • Washington Reagan National

Beginning Nov. 2, 2014:

  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood
  • New York (LaGuardia)
  • Phoenix
  • San Diego
  • Orange County/Santa Ana
  • Tampa

Beginning Jan. 6, 2015:

  • San Francisco
  • Oakland

Southwest Airlines has planned a gate celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday

 

The Ninth Honor Flight of the Year Leaves Wednesday

Date:  September 30, 2014

A ninth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, carrying 10 World War II veterans, 16 Korean War veterans, and 1 Vietnam War veteran and their guardians to Washington, DC. The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital. They will return at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. 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.

Welcome Home Our Veterans

Date:  September 18, 2014

An eighth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 5:55 pm. on Friday,  Sept. 19 carrying 24 World War II veterans, and two Korean War veterans and their guardians from Washington, DC. The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines.  The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they are visiting 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.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Airport Plans Disaster Exercise on Tuesday

The Wichita Airport Authority is scheduled to conduct a large-scale disaster exercise at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The exercise, mandated every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration, will occur north of Highway K42 between runways 1L and14.

The exercise will feature a 737 aircraft that crashes near a runway and breaks apart on impact.

A disaster has never occurred at the Wichita airport. However, federal regulations and best emergency management practices require commercial airports practice responding to simulated disasters.

The exercise will include approximately 300 officials and volunteers from various emergency management agencies. During the disaster exercise, the Airport Authority will use Twitter –  @FlyICT, using #ICTdrill – to provide information to the public.

Media outlets planning to attend the exercise should call Airport Administration at 316-946-4700 no later than 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. Media attending the event must arrive at Airport Administration Building – 2173 Air Cargo Road – by 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in order to be escorted by bus to the crash site.

Honor Flight Leaving Thursday

Date:  Sept. 9, 2014

A seventh Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Thursday, Sept. 11 carrying one World War II veteran, 5 Korean War veterans, and 26 Vietnam veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 10:00 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital; the veterans return at 11:35 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. The public is invited 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.

An additional trip is scheduled September 17-19, also on Southwest Airlines. The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

“It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Receives Perfect FAA Inspection

August 4, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted its annual Certification and Safety Inspection of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport this week.  Airport officials are pleased to report that zero (0) discrepancies were found in the inspection.  The inspection covers such areas as airport emergency response capability, airfield maintenance and inspection program, notice to airmen procedures, fueler training, wildlife management, and personnel training programs.  The certification inspection was conducted this year by the FAA Central Region’s Lead Certification Inspector.  The Inspector was very complementary of the airport organization, procedures and facilities.

“My sincere compliments and congratulations go out to all of our Airport Operations, Maintenance and Police & Fire staffs that have again made it possible to complete this critically important and thorough inspection with no discrepancies,” said Victor White, A.A.E., Director of Airports.  White said, “They are to be commended for their hard work and diligence in making this possible.  This achievement is a testament to their commitment to a high level of safety, especially considering the current economic environment, and the resulting budget reductions in our Department.  We continue to maintain the same level of outstanding safety and security for our airport system as we have in the past, often times with fewer resources.”

New Terminal Food & Beverage Concessions

July 1, 2014

MSE Branded Foods (MSE) from Gainesville, GA has been chosen to operate the food and beverage concessions in the new airport terminal when it opens in the spring of 2015.  MSE was founded in 1987 and specializes in food and beverage operations at small hub airports similar in size to Wichita, as well as in malls, hospitals, universities, and hotels.

The selection of MSE follows a nationally advertised request for proposals, in-person presentations and interviews.

MSE’s food and beverage concepts will include a mixture of major and popular national brands, along with strong locally-themed restaurants.  Subject to final operational discussions with MSE and completion of design efforts, it is anticipated that on opening day of the new terminal, MSE will provide food and beverage units at four separate locations:

  • A pre-security aviation-themed Café will be located just inside the main terminal entrance on the ground floor, and will be accessible by meeters and greeters and airport employees and anyone not desiring to go through the security checkpoint.  The Café will offer a wide array of baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, grab-and-go items, fresh made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, appetizers, pizzas, and salads. It will also include a bar to complement the location. 
  • Just past the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, the Center Food Court area will prominently feature a variety of offerings.  The quick-service walk-up counter offerings will include Chick-fil-A and Dunkin’ Donuts, two of the most popular brands nationwide.  Chick-fil-A will offer a variety of its classic chicken sandwiches, in both a breakfast and an all-day menu.  Dunkin’ Donuts will offer a variety of popular coffees, pastries, bagels, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and beverages.  In addition, this area will include Wichita’s own River City Brewing Company, which will provide a casual dining option with fresh, local brews along with a sit-down restaurant menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, grilled items, pizzas, burgers, desserts, and other pub food.  There is room for future expansion and additional brand offerings in the food court when customer demand dictates.
  • In a prime location for aircraft viewing in the center concourse, the Air Capital Bar will provide a full-service bar and a light menu of appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, and fresh pizzas.
  • On the concourse northwest end, MSE will operate a Grab and Fly unit which will feature breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked goods, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and a selection of sandwiches and other grab-and-go items for those on a short time schedule.

Passengers and guests will be pleased to know that prices for food and beverages will be affordable.  MSE will base menu items on local area street pricing plus no more than 10%.

“MSE has impressed us with their market research, product offerings, and outstanding references from other airports.  They will be providing a great variety of national and local brands sure to please everyone,” said Victor White, Director of Airports.  Jack Hough, president of MSE said, “We are excited to begin this new partnership with the airport.  We look forward to bringing the Wichita traveling public an enhanced array of dining options along with the highest level of customer service.  Additionally, MSE will create over seventy-five jobs at the airport.  Those currently employed by the airport’s existing operator will be given priority in the hiring process.”