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Spirit AeroSystems has ended what company officials have called a challenging year.

The company issued its final 2020 financial report on Tuesday and it was grim: Spirit lost nearly $900 million last year because of the pandemic and the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max. That compares to a profit of more than $500 million in 2019.

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Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport is looking at a slower-than-normal holiday travel season as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against traveling at all.

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WICHITA — Coronavirus cases are at record levels. Just in time to pretty much ruin Thanksgiving.

In Kansas, those cases have hospitals worried about having enough space or staff. That’s prompted local, state and federal officials to urge people to just stay home.

We spoke with three Kansans about their decisions to cancel trips to see family — and the loss that represents.

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WICHITA, Kansas —Katie Hansen’s recent trip from Columbus, Ohio, through Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Wichita felt pretty familiar.

Sure, several restaurants sat closed, but O’Hare looked busy and her flights were full.

“If people didn’t have masks on,” Hansen said, “there would be nothing different.”

The sense of bustling airports is a mere illusion, the result of a smaller number of air travelers grouped into a reduced number of flights.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Kansas has been added to the state’s travel advisory, along with Oklahoma, Delaware and 16 other states previously on their list.

Anyone traveling to New York from Kansas must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

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Alex Ferenc was shocked when his phone lit up one night with a notification that he had 24 hours to leave Kedougou, Senegal, where he was serving in the Peace Corps.

Ferenc, who was 17 months into a two-year commitment, had to start saying his goodbyes early.

“It was unreal,” said Ferenc, a Wichita State University alumnus. “It felt like I was walking through a dream.

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AAA's annual travel forecast shows millions of people are expected to take a trip this Memorial Day weekend.

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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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If you’re heading out to visit family or take a vacation in the next two weeks, be sure to pack your patience: A record number of people are expected to be traveling this holiday season.

AAA forecasts more than 107 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation from Saturday through Jan. 1. That’s a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year.

Jennifer Haugh with AAA Kansas says this will be the highest year-end travel volume on record.

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This week is the single busiest travel time of the year. The travel and insurance agency AAA says millions of Americans will hit the road, hop on trains or take to the skies to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Holiday travel is up from last year, and the highest it's been in more than a decade.

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