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As Air Travel Dips, Airlines Serving Wichita Trim Flights

Nadya Faulx
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Airlines that serve Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport are cutting back on flights because of the drop in air travel.

Airport officials said Wednesday that domestic passenger traffic has dropped 90 percent from a year ago. April capacity at the airport is expected to drop 30 percent from last month, as airlines trim 298 flights.

American, Delta, Southwest, United, Frontier and Allegiant are either reducing or eliminating flights over the next two months. Southwest is cutting some flights through June.

Passengers should check the airlines' websites for updated schedules and other information.

Here are the specific plans for each airline that serves Eisenhower National:

  • Allegiant: Canceled some flights to Phoenix-Mesa, Las Vegas and Destin, Florida. Will continue to evaluate and adjust its schedule. Effective first week in April.
  • American: Will operate four to five daily flights to Dallas, depending on the day, instead of seven. Will reduce daily flights to Chicago to two. Effective April 7.
  • Delta: Will reduce daily flights to Atlanta to two, and daily flights to Minneapolis to one. Effective Thursday.
  • Frontier: Suspending service to Denver in April and May.
  • Southwest: Will reduce daily service to St. Louis to one flight Sunday through Friday, with no Saturday service. No Saturday service to Phoenix. Effective April 14 through May 3.
  • Southwest: Will suspend both the Las Vegas and Phoenix nonstop routes and will add a third St. Louis flight. Effective May 4 through June 5.
  • United: Will operate a reduced schedule to Denver, Houston and Chicago. Will adjust its schedule as needed.

Tom joined KMUW in 2017 after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle where he held a variety of reporting and editing roles. He also is host of The Range, KMUW’s weekly show about where we live and the people who live here. Tom is an adjunct instructor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.