The upward trend in passenger numbers at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport continued in April. For the month, a total of 67,840 passengers boarded flights, representing an increase of 12.06% compared to April 2022. Notably, April’s enplanements soared by 49% compared to the same period in 2021. When compared to the challenging circumstances of April 2020, the increase is even more remarkable, with enplanements skyrocketing by 1715%. Furthermore, April 2023’s passenger numbers were nearly on par with the figures from the pre-pandemic April 2019.
In terms of overall passenger traffic, April saw a total of 133,439 passengers, marking an 11% increase over April 2022. This growth demonstrates the continued recovery and strong rebound of air travel in Wichita. Year-to-date, total passengers have risen by an impressive 18.28%. The steady rise in passenger numbers is a positive sign for the aviation industry and reflects the increasing demand for air travel.
The increase in passengers also boosted concession revenue. Food and gift receipts increased nearly 18% and parking revenue increased 13%. Rental car revenue, however, was slightly less than last April.
Air cargo continues to drop from 2022 levels. Outbound cargo fell 21.55% and inbound cargo fell 16.55%.
The April statistical reports can be found in Airport Business.