First Honor Flight of 2014 Leaving Wednesday

April 14, 2014

The first Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, April 16 carrying 20 World War II veterans, 2 Korean and 2 Vietnam veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 8:00 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital; the veterans return at 11:10 a.m. on Friday, April 18.  The public is invited 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, 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.

Additional trips are scheduled every two weeks throughout May and June on Southwest Airlines.  There will not be any trips in July and August, but will resume in September and October.  These trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff. 

 “It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Airport Expects Robust Spring Travel Season

March 13, 2014

The spring break travel season is expected to be a busy one at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with airlines reporting full loads.  The busiest days will be Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17, as well as next weekend when travelers return.  Passengers are advised to arrive at least an hour and a half to two hours before their flight, particularly if the flight is between 6 and 7 a.m., airport officials say.

The following travel tips are provided to help make your travel a breeze:

  • Arrive early; the checkpoint opens at 4 am
  • Check-in for your flight online up to 24 hours before departure
  • Use the Park & Ride lot; cost is just $6/day
  • If picking up arriving passengers, use the cell phone lot located just south of the Park & Ride lot
  • If you are a TSA Pre-Check member, or if your boarding pass indicates TSA Pre-Check, proceed to the Pre-Check lane at Security Checkpoint.  Pre-Check members are allowed to keep their shoes and belts on, laptops in cases, and 3-1-1 compliant bags in their carry-on.  However, if you set off the alarm, you will be selected for additional screening.
  • Do not remove shoes at the security checkpoint if you are 75 years or older or 12 years and younger.
  • Have 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)
  • The airlines begin boarding at the gate at least 30 minutes before departure.
  • 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 www.flywichita.com for helpful airport information and for updated flight status.

 

For travel tips or information on your mobile device, download the MyTSA mobile app.  For more information on these and other helpful tips, please visit http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information.

Winter Weather Travel Advisory

February 3, 2014

The winter storm is causing flight disruptions for Tuesday, February 4.  Travelers are advised to check with their airline before coming to the airport.  Flight status can be found at:  http://www.flywichita.com/flight-status.php

If your flight has not been cancelled, you are advised to arrive early to allow time for parking and check-in.

If you have a car parked at the airport and need shoveling, call our parking manager at (316) 946-4772.

Santa Scheduled to Arrive at Airport

December 20, 2013

Unnamed sources report that Santa Claus will be at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 22 – 24. The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, reports that Santa’s schedule at ICT will be:

• Sunday, December 22, 12:00 pm – 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, December 23, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, December 24, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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 candy canes and greet the passengers at the airport.

 

Christmas Carolers at Mid-Continent Airport

December 10, 2013

Several vocal and instrumental groups from area schools and churches will be entertaining travelers at Mid-Continent Airport beginning December 10 through December 19 with the sounds of the Christmas season.  The schedule of performances is as follows:

December 10 11:00 am – 11:30 am Colwich Middle School 
December 10 5:30 pm Sedgwick Mennonite Youth Group
December 11 10:00 am – 10:30 am Enterprise Elementary School
December 12 10:30 am – 11:30 am Caldwell Elementary School Singing Hands Choir
December 12 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Truesdell Middle School Strings
December 13 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Coleman Middle School
December 13 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm OK Elementary School
December 14 3:30 pm Bethel Mennonite Youth Group of Greensburg
December 16 5:30 pm Wichita State University
December 17 11:30 am – 12:00 pm Riverside Elementary School
December 18 10:00 am – 11:00 am Dodge Literacy Magnet School
December 18 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Linwood Elementary School
December 19 10:00 am – 11:00 am Adams Elementary School

 

 

Holiday Travel Tips

Date:  November 21, 2013

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 loads from the airlines, the busiest days are expected to be Wednesday, November 27, Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1.

Several enhancements to the airport’s parking lots have been implemented.   Since September, 380 parking spaces have been added in the Park & Ride Lot.  In November, 70 spaces were added in the Long-Term Lot.  Within the past month a second shuttle bus was added to the Park & Ride shuttle route to reduce passenger wait times.  During the holidays, a third shuttle will be provided in the Park & Ride Lot at peak times. The west entrance to the Long-Term Lot was recently opened so both west and east entrances are available to the Long-Term Lot.

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

  • Travelers are encouraged to arrive a minimum of two hours before their flight boarding time to allow enough time to park, check in, and get through security.  The checkpoint opens at 4:15 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.
  • When packing, visit TSA’s website to learn what items are permitted and prohibited.
  • 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.
  • If you are 75 years or older or 12 years and younger you do not have to remove shoes at the security checkpoint
  • If you are not in a TSA pre-check line, be ready to remove coats, take off shoes, hand over laptops and 3-1-1 bags.  If you are a TSA Pre-check member, proceed to the pre-check lane.
  • 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.
  • If you have not done so, join our Thanks Again rewards program and earn miles or points for your purchases at the airport on shopping, dining and parking.  Also download the Thanks Again app so while traveling, the app will tell you which airports have the Thanks Again program and which vendors participate.  This will allow you to earn even more rewards.
  • Visit www.flywichita.com or use our mobile website for helpful airport information such as arrival and departure status and airline contact information.

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.
  • Parking charges apply to all customers, including those patrons with ADA accessible hang-tags and permits. ADA accessible parking is available in the PARK & RIDE lot.

Other helpful links:

Considering recent security events at LAX, air travelers may observe an increased law enforcement presence at airports across the country, including Wichita Mid-Continent.  This increased presence may include police officers patrolling terminal areas with tactical weapons that travelers are not typically accustom to observing at domestic commercial airports.

Updated: Tips for Parking at Airport

Date: November 4, 2013

Contact: Brad Christopher, Assistant Director of Airports, (316) 946-4700

UPDATED: TIPS FOR PARKING AT AIRPORT
Construction progresses, travelers reminded to plan ahead

As construction progresses on the parking garage and rental car center at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, officials have opened additional parking in the Long-Term and Park & Ride lots and have added a second shuttle bus to the Park & Ride route to cut down on wait times.

“We’re on track and pleased with the first 120 days of construction,” said Brad Christopher, Assistant Director of Airports. “While much of the work so far has been site preparation and excavation preparing the site, visitors to the Airport should be able to begin to see the outline of the parking garage soon.”

In Mid-November, the airport plans to re-open the west entrance to the Long-Term lot. A third shuttle from the Park & Ride lot will be added during peak travel holiday times.

During construction, and especially during holiday travel periods, travelers are encouraged to:

  • plan ahead
  • arrive early (at least 2 hours)
  • use the PARK & RIDE lot, where a free shuttle provides curbside service to and from the terminal
  • use the free cell phone lot while waiting to pick up an arriving passenger

Travelers also are 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.
  • Parking charges apply to all customers, including those patrons with ADA accessible hang-tags and permits. ADA accessible parking is available in long-term and Park & Ride Lots throughout construction.

The airport parking garage and rental car facility is a $40 million project that coincides with a new terminal currently under construction. Both are scheduled to open in spring of 2015.  Construction progress and parking updates can be followed at www.flywichita.com and on the Airport’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/flywichita), or on Twitter (@FlyICT).

Final Honor Flight of 2013 Leaving Wednesday

October 29, 2013

The final Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 30, carrying 16 World War II and 26 Korean veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 7:50 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a two-night stay in the nation’s capital; the veterans return at 8:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.  The goal of providing this trip to all WWII veterans who had applied to Kansas Honor Flight and who were ready, willing, and able has been reached.

In Washington, they will visit the WWII Memorial, the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and visit Ft. McHenry.

The public is invited to greet these heroes and welcome them home. Free transportation will be provided for the public, departing from Burlington Coat Factory, 613 S. Dugan Rd – West Wichita.  The first shuttle bus departs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 and will run until 9:30 p.m.

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.

These trips are made possible through the cooperation and coordination of the airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.  “It is with great pride that the Airport can play a part in honoring these Veterans,” said Airport Director Victor White.

Airport Wins Coveted Sustainability Award

Date: October 25, 2013

The Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Sustainability Program has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Airports Going Green Award.   This prestigious award recognizes the value of the Airport’s environmental and conservation efforts, as well as outstanding leadership in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry.  The Wichita Airport Authority will be recognized for its efforts and presented the Award at the 6th Annual Airports Going Green Conference in Chicago, IL on November 13, 2013.  The Airports Going Green Conference is the aviation industry’s leading sustainability forum, bringing sustainability leaders and innovators together from all over the U.S. and around the world.  The Airports Going Green Conference www.airportsgoinggreen.org is hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the American Association of Airport Executives http://events.aaae.org/sites/131108/index.cfm. The press release issued by the Chicago Department of Aviation announcing Wichita’s selection for the award can be viewed here.  

Past recipients of the Airports Going Green Award include: San Francisco International Airport, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Port of Portland, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Ithaca Thompkins Airport, DFW International Airport, Winnipeg International Airport, and Denver International Airport.

Mid-Continent Airport’s sustainability program began in 2008 with a recycling program for businesses and travelers in the airport terminal.  Since then, the program has expanded and continued to build a culture of environmental stewardship by expanding its recycling program to tenant partners located on the Airport campus, known as the “Green Team”. 

The Airport’s sustainability program was recognized in Airport Magazine in its February/March 2011 issue.  The Metro-Wichita Air Quality Improvement Task Force awarded Mid-Continent Airport with the Regional Clean Air and Sustainability Award for 2011.

The Airport has incorporated many innovative ideas into its sustainability programs.  For more information visit:  http://www.flywichita.com/sustainability.php

TSA Pre✓™ Begins at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its popular TSA Pre✓™ operations to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT).   Passengers traveling on American, Delta, and United Airlines who are eligible for TSA Pre✓™ may now receive expedited screening benefits at the checkpoint.  Southwest will join the program on November 13, 2013.

TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer TSA Pre✓™ to our eligible passengers here at Wichita,” said TSA Federal Security Director Keith Osborn. “This program is another example of how TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, enabling us to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible.”

Passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre✓™ include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program, Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program and passengers traveling on a participating airline who TSA proactively prescreens using its Secure Flight system. Later this year TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA Pre✓™.

More than 18 million passengers have experienced TSA Pre✓™ since it launched in October 2011. TSA Pre✓™ is currently available at 97 airports, with six additional airports being added by the end of the year. Travelers can check for information on locations and hours of active TSA Pre✓™ lanes at www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/tsa-precheck-participating-airports.

Eligible passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating when operationally ready.

TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA’s multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen.

For more information about TSA’s risk-based security initiative, visit www.tsa.gov.

 

###

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Today, TSA secures the nation’s airports and screens all commercial airline passengers and baggage. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. TSA’s workforce comprises approximately 50,000 frontline officers who screen approximately 1.8 million travelers each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at www.tsa.gov.