Date: April 16, 2015
The first Kansas Honor Flight of the year will return on Friday, April 17 carrying 25 World War II veterans and their guardians. The public is invited to participate in the festive welcome home celebration. The Southwest Airlines’ flight is scheduled to arrive at 11:10 am. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m. More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.
Date: April 15, 2015
The first Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, carrying 25 World War II veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC.
Included in this group of heroes are a female Army veteran and a female Navy veteran.
The veterans will enjoy a two-night stay in the nation’s capital, where the group visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial. Additionally, they will tour the Lincoln Memorial the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The public is invited to participate in the festive welcome home celebration on Friday. The flight is scheduled to return at 11:10 am. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg. Shuttle service starts at 10 a.m. More information is available at www.kansashonorflight.org.
The flight is sponsored by Southwest Airlines. 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. Please 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 Southwest Airlines, TSA, ABM Parking, HMS Host, and Wichita Airport Authority staff.
Date: April 14, 2015
The public is invited to attend an open house on Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. to tour the new terminal and parking facilities at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Since the open house is being held prior to full completion, the public will be able to tour the entire facility without TSA restrictions. T-shirts will be given out and door prizes will be announced every half hour, but you need not be present to win.
Free parking will be available at the Learjet parking lot at 1 Learjet Way in Wichita (entrance is located off of Tyler). Look for signs marked “Community Open House.” Buses will transport you to and from the new terminal. (See map).
Security will be enforced. Please do not bring large bags, backpacks, coolers, weapons, or anything that might be considered a security risk.
The new terminal is a marvel of modern architecture right here in the Heartland,” said Victor White, Director of Airports. “It’s a point of pride for our city that should make travel to and from the Air Capital even better for outbound and inbound travelers.”
Designed to be a reflection of Wichita’s aviation prominence, the all-new Wichita Eisenhower National Airport air terminal spans two levels, features 12 gates and encompasses 275,000 total square feet. The terminal, parking garage and rental car facilities are designed to serve over two million travelers every year with a world-class flight experience to and from the Air Capital. With five airlines making 72 flights daily, it’s not just Kansas’ largest airport – it’s the Midwest’s newest access point to the rest of the world.
Both facilities cost $200 million and were 100 percent financially self-supported through airport generated revenue and on-airport user fees and charges. No local tax dollars were used to fund the development or operation of these facilities.
The Community Open House concludes a week of dedication events for the new terminal and parking facilities. Many thanks to our sponsors who made these events possible:
Spirit Aerosystems, Presenting Sponsor
Crossland Construction Company
Key Construction/Walbridge, a joint venture
Civil Technology, Inc.
Building Controls & Services, Inc.
Automatic Systems Inc.
Professional Engineering Consultants
Cornejo & Sons
FSC MEP Engineers
Carl Walker Inc
MSE Branded Foods
Dr. Thom & Adrienne Rosenberg
Schaefer Johnson Cox & Frey
The McCollom Family
The Martens Companies
Chrysallis Aviation Solutions
Wichita Federal Credit Union
Hentzen Contractors, Inc.
Enterprise Rent A Car
MEDIA PARKING: Parking for members of the media will be available in the lot across from the Airport Administration Building and Airport Police & Fire. Take the Park & Ride exit and continue straight until the road ends. Signs are marked “Media Parking.” Provide parking staff identification, indicating that you are a member of the media for entrance.
Date: April 9, 2015
Spirit AeroSystems is the presenting sponsor for a series of events celebrating the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal located at 2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway. The community events include a Dedication Event on April 11, Community Open House on April 18 and a celebration marking the first day of operations in May (date to be announced).
“The increasing demand for air travel that is driving the need for the new airport also drives growth in our business,” said Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO Larry Lawson. “We’re proud to partner with the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport to help celebrate this important milestone for growth in our hometown.”
Spirit designs and manufactures aerostructures — such as fuselages and wing components — for commercial aircraft. The company builds more than 70% of every Boeing 737, the bestselling jetliner in aviation history and a common sight on the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport runway.
Additional sponsors include:
Date: April 3, 2015
The media is invited to attend a sneak preview from 1 – 4 p.m., Thursday, April 9 of the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The tour will include the terminal, parking and rental car facilities. The media will also have the opportunity to interview members of the design team, as well as officials from the airlines, concessions and Transpiration Security Administration.
There will be areas that are not finished when the media tour takes place. However by holding the event before completion, the media will view areas of the new terminal that will be closed due to security restrictions after the building opens/begins operations.
The media tour kicks off a week of events to celebrate the new airport facilities which include an employee and family open house on April 10, the dedication gala on April 11, and a community open house on April 18.
Directions to the parking lot for the media event:
Arrive by 12:45 pm to allow time to park and walk to the new terminal. Please RSVP by calling (316) 946-4700 by April 7.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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.