Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded about $4.4 million for improvement projects at Wichita’s Eisenhower National and Jabara airports.

The money will be used at Eisenhower to improve taxiway lighting and expand areas where aircraft are parked, loaded, refueled or boarded. The airport will also build a new taxiway and buy two rescue and firefighting vehicles.

Eisenhower National Airport opened three years ago to replace a terminal that was 61 years old.

Jabara airport will receive $471,214 to buy land for approaches.

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The demolition process for the old terminal at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is entering its final phase.

Workers will start asbestos mitigation and mechanical work this month to prepare for the building demolition this fall.

The airport’s utilities will continue to operate out of the old terminal’s basement.

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Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday that it’s returning to Wichita after five years away.

Frontier will offer nonstop flights to and from Denver three days a week — Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays — starting Aug. 30.

The low-cost airline ended its daily flights in Wichita in 2012, citing underperformance.

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Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport set a passenger traffic record last year, with a total of 1,620,240 passengers arriving at or departing from the airport.

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The head of TSA in Kansas says the number of concealed firearms found at the security checkpoint at Wichita’s Eisenhower Airport has spiked this year.

An airport the size of Wichita’s will typically see about 2 or 3 firearms at the passenger screening point every year, says Jay Brainard, security director for the Kansas TSA--usually because someone forgets they have it in their carry-on bag.

But Brainard says says so far this year, officers have recovered 17 firearms.

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The security area at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was pretty quiet earlier this week. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, that’s going to change.

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Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport has rolled out additional security measures at its TSA checkpoints.

Travelers are now required to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags for X-ray screening. That includes items like tablets and disk drives.

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If you see a lot of emergency responders at Eisenhower National Airport Tuesday morning, don’t worry: It’s just a drill.

The Wichita Airport Authority is scheduled to conduct a large-scale disaster exercise involving a commercial aircraft that crashes near a runway and breaks apart on impact.

About 300 officials and volunteers from various emergency management agencies will be responding to the scene north of K-42.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to hold the simulated disaster training every three years.

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Republican U.S. Senator Jerry Moran visited Wichita Friday to bring attention to what he calls a “damaging” proposal to privatize air traffic control operations.

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The people who provide weather observations at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport could be out of a job if Congress approves President Trump’s budget proposal.

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to eliminate the Contract Weather Observer program at Eisenhower and other airports to save about $50 million.

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