Community Events Celebrate New Airport Terminal and Parking Facilities

Date: March 25, 2015

The public is invited to celebrate the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal, parking garage and rental car facilities during three community events.  They include the Dedication Gala, the Community Open House and the First Flight/Ribbon Cutting. The events will all take place at the new terminal, 2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway.

The Dedication Gala will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The gala includes:

  • Self-guided tours of the new terminal;
  • Entertainment provided by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra;
  • Food and beverages;
  • Remarks by special guests

Learn more and purchase tickets to the Dedication Gala at www.flywichita.com/gala  for $125 per person.  Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Airport will also host two additional free community events. They include:

  • Community Open House – from 1-5 pm on Saturday, April 18
  • First Flight/Ribbon Cutting – time and date to be announced

More details of the Community Open House and First Flight/Ribbon Cutting will be announced at a later date.  For more information about the progress on the new terminal project, please visit flywichita.com.

Spring Break Travel Tips

Date: March 13, 2015

With a busy spring break travel season approaching, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport officials are advising passengers to arrive at least an hour and a half to two hours before departure time, particularly if the flight is between 6 and 7 a.m.  Use these helpful travel tips to your  trip a breeze:

  • Arrive early
  • Check your flight online up to 24 hours before departure;
  • Use the Park & Ride lot; cost is just $6/day;
  • To pick up passengers, use the cell phone lot just south of the Park & Ride lot;
  • If you are a TSA Pre-Check passenger, proceed to the Pre-Check lane at Security Checkpoint.
  • Do not remove shoes at the security checkpoint if you are 75 or older or 12 years and younger;
  • Present your government-issued photo identification ready at Security Checkpoint;
  • Be ready to remove coats, take off shoes, hand over laptops and 3-1-1 bags (unless you are in pre-check)
  • Board at the gate at least 30 minutes before departure;
  • Be aware that airline ticket counters close 30 minutes before departure;
  • Visit your airlines’ websites for rules regarding carry-on luggage;
  • Report suspicious activity to airport or airline officials or local law enforcement;
  • Visit flywichita.com for helpful airport information and for updated flight status.

 

ICT’S Average Fare Down 29% Since 2000

3rd Quarter Average Fare Report Released

Date:  February 6, 2015

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released its third quarter average fare report. In this report, Wichita’s average fare for the third quarter was $410.41, an increase of just 1.2% from the third quarter 2013, but a 29% decrease from its third quarter 2000 fare.  This compares to a U.S. average fare decline of 14.1% since 2000.

In 2000, Wichita’s fare ranked 20th highest in the nation (out of the top 100 airports).  In 2014, Wichita ranked 43rd highest.

In comparison to regional airports, Wichita’s fare is less than Oklahoma City’s fare of $429.29, and less than Tulsa’s fare of $440.53.  Kansas City’s fare was $376.08, and the U.S. average was $396.37.

“The impact of low-cost carriers in our market is clearly seen by the 29% decrease in fares since 2000, particularly when compared to regional airports,” stated Valerie Wise, Air Service & Business Development Manager.

Low-fare service entered the Wichita market in 2002 with AirTran, followed by Allegiant, Frontier, and now Southwest Airlines.  Southwest is vital to keeping fares competitive.

Inflation-Adjusted Average Domestic Itinerary Fares Pct. Change
Airport 3Q2000 3Q2013 3Q2014 2000-2014 2013-2014
US Average 461.35 396.50 396.37 -14.1 0.0
Kansas City 382.07 380.70 376.08 -1.6 -1.2
Oklahoma City 426.66 429.57 429.29 0.6 -0.1
Tulsa 422.20 455.35 440.53 4.3 -3.3
Wichita 577.73 405.62 410.41 -29.0 1.2

 

United to Drop LAX Nonstop; Allegiant will Resume LAX Service

March 1, 2015 will be the last United nonstop flight to LAX.  United has made a decision to shrink its operations in LAX due mainly to operational problems in LA.  The operating carrier on the route, Skywest, is cutting 1,000 hours out of its schedule due to pilot staffing issues, also making it difficult for United to continue the route.

The service began May 1, 2013 and was well received by our market.  The original flight departed Wichita 6:00 a.m; arriving in LAX @ 7:25 a.m., and returned at 6:46 pm arriving in ICT at 11:35 pm. which made for a convenient day trip and also provided great connections to Hawaii and points west.   In October, United changed the schedule to a 6:09 pm departure, which was less convenient and reduced connections.

While this is disappointing news, Allegiant will resume its nonstop service to LAX starting June 3, with service on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The schedule is available for booking at www.allegiantair.com.

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Unveils New Logo

January 26, 2015

City leaders unveiled a new logo today for the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and provided an update on the new terminal’s progress.

The new Airport logo contains a dominant ‘W’ for Wichita and a subtle ‘E’ for Eisenhower, both housed uniquely in a wing-like form. The distinct geometric nature of the symbol was inspired by the modern architecture of the new terminal, while a custom-type treatment was developed to correspond with the curvilinear nuances of the symbol.

“The blue and green logo colors were selected to embrace the modern and vibrant progress we’re experiencing at the airport and in Wichita,” said airport director, Victor White. “The logo is modern and confident, yet friendly and inviting, much like our community.”

The new logo will be displayed on airport marketing materials which will also showcase the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport name. It pays tribute to President Dwight D. Eisenhower who is known for his strong support of military and civilian aviation and aerospace activities. The new name is now being officially used by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Wichita Airport Authority.

“In the coming months, people will see the new name reflected in everything from highway signage to the airport’s website and marketing materials,” said White. “As we make the transition, the old name may still be seen in some places but the new name will be used universally by the time the terminal opens this spring.”

The airport’s code, ICT and the website, flywichita.com, will remain the same.

“The new name and logo are just the beginning to what will be an exciting year at the airport,” said White. “Final installations, such as the 12 jet ways, which will be the largest installation of glass-walled jet ways in the United States, are being constructed now. Retail shops and restaurants will be taking shape in the next couple of months.”

White says the public will get a chance to see the completed terminal at the end of April and the first flights will take place in  May.

Santa Scheduled to Arrive

Date:  December 21, 2014

Unnamed sources report that Santa Claus will be at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 21 – 23.  The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, reports that Santa’s schedule at ICT will be:

  • Sunday, Dec. 21    2:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 22    10:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23    10:00 – 5:00 pm

It is unknown at this time if Santa will be flying in on his sleigh or on one of the commercial airlines.  Santa will be in the main terminal to hand out stuffed animals and greet the passengers at the airport.

 

 

Christmas Music at the Airport

Date:  December 2, 2014

Several vocal and instrumental groups from area schools will be entertaining travelers at Mid-Continent Airport beginning December 5 through December 19 with the sounds of the Christmas season.  The schedule of performances is as follows:

December 5          9:30 am – 10:15 am                  OK Elementary School

December 9          10:30 am – 11:00 am               Cleaveland Traditional Magnet Elementary School

December 10        11:30 am – 12:30 pm               Northfield School of Liberal Arts

December 12        11:00 am – 12:00 pm               Caldwell Elementary School Singing Hands Choir

December 12        12:30 pm – 1:00 pm                  Hadley Middle School Jazz Band

December 15        11:00 am – 12:00 pm               Adams Elementary School

December 16        10:00 am – 10:30 am               Irving Elementary School

December 16        11:45 am – 12:30 pm               Riverside Elementary School

December 17        10:15 am – 10:45 am               Colwich Elementary School

December 17        11:00 am – 12:00 pm               Dodge Literacy Magnet School

December 17        12:15 pm – 1:15 pm                  Linwood Elementary School

December 18        10:00 am – 10:30 am               Enterprise Elementary School

December 18        10:45 am – 11:30 am               McLean Elementary School

December 18        2:00 pm – 2:30 pm                    White Elementary School

December 19        12:30 pm – 1:00 pm                  Cessna Elementary School

Holiday Travel Tips

Date:  November 21, 2014

As we prepare for a busy holiday season at Mid-Continent Airport, airport officials offer these travel tips to make your travel through ICT and your connecting and destination airports easier.

Travelers should expect busy airports and full flights.  According to preliminary reports from the airlines, loads are fairly evenly distributed starting Tuesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 30, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day when some flights are not operating.  There are still seats available and we expect loads to fill up as we get closer to the holiday.  The busiest days at ICT will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Saturday and Sunday after the holiday.

Travelers should arrive two hours before departure time to allow enough time to park, check in, and get through security screening.

Due to the parking garage construction, parking and waiting in front of the terminal building will not be allowed.  If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, please be quick to do so.  The lane in front of the terminal is used by courtesy vehicles, and there is not enough room to sit there and wait.  Use the convenient cell phone lot while waiting to pick up passengers.

In case the long-term and Park & Ride lots fill up, we have contingency plans for overflow parking.  Please arrive early in case you need to be directed to overflow lots.  The shuttle will transport you to/from the terminal.

The location where the Park & Ride shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers has moved, it is now located on the east end of the terminal, outside of baggage claim.  It previously was across the street from the main entrance of the terminal.

Due to construction, travelers are also reminded the following parking limitations remain in effect:

  • Short-term parking remains strictly limited to four (4) hours
  • Vehicles remaining in the short-term parking lot for more than four (4) hours will be charged the maximum rate of $50. Vehicles remaining in the lot overnight will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Entrance to the short-term and long-term lots is only on the west side of the lot area.

The following tips are provided to help you prepare for the busy holiday travel season:

  • Arrive a minimum of two hours before your flight boarding time to allow enough time to park, check in, and get through security.  The checkpoint opens at 4:00 a.m.  Ticket counters generally close 30 minutes prior to departure, and the airlines begin boarding at the gate at least 30 minutes before departure.
  • Plan ahead.  Refer to your airlines’ websites for baggage requirements, fees, and other pertinent information.  See our Airline Information page.
  • Follow us on Twitter@FlyICT or on our mobile website, flywichita.com, for parking updates.
  • Check-in online for your flight up to 24 hours before departure.
  • Use the PARK & RIDE lot, where a free shuttle provides curbside service to and from the terminal.  See our Parking Information.
  • Make sure your name on your ticket matches your driver’s license.
  • When packing, visit TSA’s website to learn what items are permitted and prohibited.
  • Do not overstuff your bags and weigh your bags before getting to the airport.  Airlines charge extra for oversize and overweight bags.  Plus, because of full flights, there may not be room for large bags in the overhead bins.
  • If you are 75 years or older or 12 years and younger you do not have to remove shoes at the security checkpoint.
  • Check your boarding pass to see if it indicates TSA Pre✓™.  If so, proceed to the pre-check lane.  If you are not in a TSA pre-check lane, be ready to remove coats, take off shoes, and hand over laptops and 3-1-1 bags.
  • Dress so you can breeze through security.  Wear slip on shoes and little or no metal.  Belt buckles set off alarms.
  • Use the free cell phone lot while waiting to pick up an arriving passenger; parking in front of the terminal is not permitted.  The cell phone lot is located just south of the Park & Ride lot, in front of the Air Cargo Building.
  • Do not leave bags unattended in the terminal.
  • Visit www.flywichita.com or use our mobile website for helpful airport information such as arrival and departure status and airline contact information.

Other helpful links:

MyTSA mobile app

TSA Travel Tips

Last Honor Flight of the Year Departs Wednesday

Date:  November 4, 2014

The twelfth and final Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:15 a.m. carrying seven World War II vets along with 23 Korean War veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC.  Two special WWII vets: Ted Zehring, a 100 year old Army veteran from Wichita and Aldee Miller, a 95 year old Army Air Corp Tuskegee airman from Wichita will be on this flight.

The veterans are flying on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital.  They will return on Friday, Nov. 7 on Southwest Airlines Flight #12, arriving at 11:35 a.m.  The public is encouraged to come to the airport to greet these heroes and welcome them home.

In Washington, they will visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Dulles Smithsonian Air Museum, Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where they will see the changing of the guard, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The trip has been organized by Kansas Honor Flight, Inc. The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials at no cost to them, with current priority to WWII Veterans. Subsequent to the World War II Veterans, efforts then focus on Korean War Veterans followed by Vietnam War Veterans, honoring them in similar manner. Guardians, who pay their own travel expenses, accompany each veteran to ensure safe travel. Contributions from the public provide the necessary funding for this trip. Visit www.kansashonorflight.org to find more information regarding this all-expense paid trip.

The trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.

Plane Crash Update – 10/31/14

Date:   October 31, 2014

Today the Wichita Fire Department will bring a structural engineer and heavy equipment to the site of Thursday’s plane crash at the Flight Safety International building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.  There are portions of the building that must come down to ensure the safety of crews as they work to remove the four deceased victims. Three were found inside a flight simulator and one was found on the roof. The names and ages of the victims have not been released. The Sedgwick County Coroner’s Office will be the agency to release the names of the victims at a later date.

Wichita Police and Fire Department crews remain at the scene. Fire officials say crews put out a few small fires that occurred in the building overnight.  Police officers are assisting with two street closures and management of the scene. Police officials encourage drivers to continue to avoid the area.

The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has scheduled a 4 p.m. media briefing today at the site.  The NTSB will be handling further media briefings on the incident.  NTSB Public Affairs Officer, Peter Knudson, can be reached at (202) 557-1350.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has footage of the crash should call 316-946-4710.