In 2022, Wichita Eisenhower National Airport continued to recover from the pandemic. Enplanements recovered 88% of 2019 record levels while scheduled seats recovered 90%. The December enplanements increased 4.76% despite the winter storms which caused 33 canceled departures. There were 1,534,965 total passengers, an increase of 19.45% over 2021, up 95% over 2020, but still 12% less than in 2019’s record year.
Due to continued crew shortages and high fuel costs, airlines have upgauged to larger aircraft. Narrowbody aircraft increased 78% over 2021, large regional jets decreased 24%, and small (50-seat) regional jets decreased 25%. Almost half of all flights are operated by narrowbody aircraft, which are equipped with 110 – 186 seats.
For the year, revenue from food and gifts increased 27%, rental cars 24%, and parking lots 34%. Air cargo was down after 5 consecutive years of growth.
The statistical reports can be found at Airport Business.