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.
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.
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|
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:
Due to construction, travelers are also reminded the following parking limitations remain in effect:
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.
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:
Travelers also are reminded the following parking limitations remain in effect:
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).
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.
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
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.
October 8, 2013
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) announced today it will launch a new customer rewards program based on purchases that travelers make at the airport. Travelers participating in the rewards program will be eligible to earn frequent flyer miles or hotel reward points for every qualifying purchase made at ICT such as parking, and at all retail, food, and beverage shops in the terminal. In addition, travelers overnighting or dining at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport will also be able to accumulate rewards. Rewards offered via the program include frequent flyer miles/points from these ICT airlines: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
The Airport is partnering with Thanks Again, LLC to offer the program. “Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is the only Kansas airport to offer this customer rewards program in conjunction with Thanks Again®. This program is an excellent way for us to recognize and thank our travelers for their loyalty with each and every purchase,” said Victor White, Director of Airports. “Whether paying for parking, buying a magazine or gift in one of our retail shops, or enjoying a bite to eat at one of our airport restaurants, passengers will be able to accumulate mileage or points with their favorite airline or hotel.”
To take advantage of this new opportunity to earn miles or points at ICT, travelers can enroll at www.thanksagain.com/ict or text FLYICT to 82257. There is absolutely no cost to join and because Thanks Again has a presence in more than 170 U.S. airports, Wichita travelers will also be able to earn miles or points for purchases made at many other airports across the country including Seattle-Tacoma International, Houston Intercontinental, Newark Liberty International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airports, to name a few.
“The DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport is pleased to partner with Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to reward the guests that stay or dine at our hotel,” said Michael Phipps, General Manager of the hotel. “The program is an excellent opportunity for us to give something back to our loyal patrons.”
“We are honored to partner with Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to offer a seamless airport-wide loyalty program. Our new partnership with ICT brings additional value to the Thanks Again network of airports and merchants. We are happy to work with partners who truly embrace an innovative approach to customer service and consumer engagement,” said Marc Ellis, CEO of Thanks Again®.
About THANKS AGAIN, LLC
Thanks Again®, headquartered in Atlanta, links members of the most popular rewards programs to airport parking, airport concession operators and local businesses to stimulate commerce, loyalty and customer value. Thanks Again enables frequent travelers to automatically earn extra rewards such as airline miles when they spend with participating merchants at over 170 airports and 20,000 “neighborhood” businesses in North America. For more information or to enroll your business in the Thanks Again Traveler Loyalty Network, contact Business Development toll-free at 877.633.5434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 7, 2013
On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the sixth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport carrying 19 World War II veterans to Washington, DC. The veterans will leave Wichita at 7:50 a.m. on Southwest Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the Honor Flight Organization.
While in Washington, they will visit the WWII Memorial and many other sites including Arlington National Cemetery. Even though many government activities are currently shut down, these aging Kansas veterans are given special consideration.
The veterans return on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8:20 p.m. The public is invited to come out to the airport for a Heroes Welcome Home upon their return. Free transportation will be provided for the public at Burlington Coat Factory, 613 S. Dugan Rd. – West Wichita. The first shuttle bus will depart from Burlington Coat Factory at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. Shuttle buses will run from 7:30 p.m. to 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 their web site, 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, HMS Host, ABM Parking, 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.