Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

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Officials at Eisenhower National Airport are urging people to prepare for an increased volume of passengers when traveling during the holiday season.

Jay Brainard, Transportation Security Administration security director for Kansas, says the Wichita airport will see a spike in the number of travelers they screen. He says the week before Thanksgiving is even busier for traveling than the week before Christmas.

"Here at Wichita, on average we screen about 2,600 people a day," Brainard says. "During the busy holiday time, that number is going to exceed 3,300."


Demolition of the old Mid-Continent Airport terminal will begin later this month.


The new terminal at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport was completed almost four years ago, in June 2015. Since then, the old terminal has been waiting to be torn down.


Valerie Wise, air service and business development manager at Eisenhower, said it’s because they had to get everything out of the old terminal first.


Frontier Airlines Resumes Wichita To Denver Service

Aug 30, 2018
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Frontier Airlines’ service between Wichita and Denver officially begins Thursday.

Flights from Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport will be offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Wichita at 6 p.m.; flights will depart Denver at 2:40 p.m.

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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.


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.