Eisenhower Airport Celebrates Inaugural Flight to Washington, DC

NOTICE: The connector bridge from westbound U.S. 54 to southbound Eisenhower Airport Parkway in Wichita will be closed for maintenance starting Tuesday, May 28. To follow the signed detour, motorists should continue westbound on U.S. 54 and take the exit onto Tyler Road. From there, drivers should take eastbound U.S. 54 and exit onto West Kellogg Drive. Follow West Kellogg Drive to southbound Eisenhower Airport Parkway.

January 11, 2024

Eisenhower Airport Celebrates Inaugural Flight to Washington, DC

On January 8, American Airlines and Wichita Eisenhower National Airport celebrated the commencement of nonstop service from ICT to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). The introduction of this nonstop route to Washington, DC is expected to significantly enhance accessibility and connectivity for passengers traveling to and from the region.  The collaborative efforts to secure this nonstop route commenced several years ago, reflecting the growing economic ties between Washington and Kansas, coupled with an increasing demand from passengers. American Airlines, recognizing the potential of this route, invested resources to meet the rising needs of travelers.

The flight departs Washington at 11:34 am and arrives in Wichita at 1:57 pm.  The flight from Wichita departs at 2:51 pm and arrives in Washington at 6:38 pm.  The flights are operated by 76-seat Embraer-175 aircraft with first-class service.  American Airlines is the largest airline serving DCA.

The inaugural event was attended by Senator Jerry Moran, Congressman Ron Estes, who also were on the first flight, local officials, business leaders, and members of the media. Notable attendees from American Airlines included Phil Newman, Managing Director, Regulatory and Congressional Affairs, and Amy Lawrence, Public Affairs, American Airlines.

“As the only direct flight from Kansas to Washington, D.C., this flight will be beneficial to Wichita and the entire state,” said Sen. Moran. “Connecting the nation’s capital with the ‘Air Capital of the World’ will provide new opportunities for aerospace, defense and federal leaders to travel to Wichita to see firsthand the great work being done in Kansas. Washington, D.C. is a competitive market for commercial airlines, but I have no doubt this new destination will prove beneficial to Kansans and American Airlines.”

Congressman Ron Estes added, “The data is clear – Kansans want to visit our nation’s capital – families seeing monuments, veterans visiting war memorials, aerospace manufacturers meeting with stakeholders, FFA students learning about the legislative process, and everyday Kansans wanting an up-close look at how our constitutional republic works. This direct flight will make it easier for all Kansans to access our government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and I’m grateful for American Airlines and the Eisenhower National Airport leadership for making this direct flight a reality.”

Jesse Romo, Director of Airports, shared insights into the significance of this breakthrough service: “Washington, D.C. is a highly coveted market and we’re extremely grateful that American Airlines is adding this destination.  Nonstop service to DC will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable resource for the business community and puts our region in a competitive position to enhance economic opportunities.”

Pictures of the inaugural event can be found on our Facebook album.

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