February 21, 2018

Third Quarter 2017 Average Fare Increased at ICT

According to the recent airfare report issued by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average domestic fare at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport increased 3% in the 3rd quarter 2017 over 3rd quarter 2016.  The average fare was $386.23 compared to $374.06. *

Wichita’s fare is less than the average fare at Tulsa and Oklahoma City and is 35% less than it was in Q3 2000, before low-fare airlines entered the market.

Quarter 3 Fares Across Airports

Airport Name Q3 2000 FareQ3 2016 FareQ3 2017 Fare 2017-2016 Fare Diff. 2017-2000 Fare Diff. 
Wichita$598.43$374.06$386.23$12.17$0.03-$212.2-$0.35
Tulsa$437.33$407.05$402.38-$4.67-$0.01-$34.95-$0.08
Oklahoma City$441.94$410.81$390.16-$20.65-$0.05-$51.78-$0.12
Kansas City$395.76$345.35$338.17-$7.18-$0.02-$57.59-$0.15
U.S. Average$477.87$344.86$335.83-$9.03-$0.03-$142.04-$0.30

*Inflation adjusted fares.  Average fares are based on domestic itinerary fares, round-trip or one-way for which no return is purchased.

Southwest Airlines is the low-fare leader with an average domestic fare of $141.10.

Quarter 3 Fares Across Airlines

AirlineQ3 2016Q3 20172017-20162017-2016 %
American$202.85$216.11$13.267%
Alaska$225.85
Delta$212.99$212.86-$0.130%
Allegiant**$61.74$59.44-$2.30-4%
United$212.2$219.21$7.013%
Southwest$136.64$141.1$4.453%

**Allegiant is an ultra low-cost carrier; offering very cheap fares but unbundling all fees and offer infrequent service.  Allegiant is not in the same class as the other carriers and is not an apples-to-apples comparison.

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Victor White

Director of Airports

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