April 29, 2020

Airfare Increased 1% in Q4 2019

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Wichita’s Q4 2019 average inflation-adjusted itinerary fare was $396.01, an increase of 1% from Q4 2018, and a 35% decrease from Q4 2000.  Wichita had some of the highest airfares in the nation prior to 2002.  About 44% of our passengers were driving to other airports in the region for lower fares.  Our most recent study now shows 18% of passengers use other airports. Low-fare airlines started to enter our market in 2002 and passengers responded.  Wichita’s fare is comparable to fares in our region.

Q4 2019 Inflation-Adjusted Airfares

AIRPORTQ4 2000Q4 2018Q4 2019Q4 2018 - Q4 2019Q4 2000 - Q4 2019
Wichita$611.13$392.94$396.01$3.081%-$215.12-35%
Oklahoma City$446.17$384.24$391.17$6.942%-$55.00-12%
Tulsa$440.85$396.84$407.63$10.793%-$33.23-8%
Kansas City$409.52$348.28$371.99$23.727%-$37.53-9%
National Average$496.04$361.85$356.52-$5.33-1%-$139.52-28%

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Valerie Wise

Air Service & Business Development Manager

(316) 946-4780

Brad Christopher

Assistant Director of Airports

(316) 946-4700

Victor White

Director of Airports

(316) 946-4700

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