'More Efficient' Eisenhower Airport Terminal Turns Two

May 22, 2017

The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal will celebrate its second anniversary in June. Officials say that in the last two years, they’ve seen near-record traffic and more satisfied customers.

The new terminal was designed to be more accommodating to travelers, says spokeswoman Valerie Wise. She says there’s a shorter distance from the ticketing wing through security, and to the gates.

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“It’s anywhere from a 40 to 60 percent shorter walk than it used to be," Wise says. "The TSA checkpoint area is much larger [and] brighter. It’s more efficient. We now have TSA precheck, so that’s a quicker way of getting through the security process than what we had before.”

There’s also more space in baggage claim, with three carousels instead of two, and a new parking garage.

The airport experienced its second-busiest year on record in 2016 with more than 1.6 million travelers. Full flights are expected this summer.

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