Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

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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, 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.

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The heroism and sacrifice of Erwin Bleckley has faded into the shadows of history.

Greg Zuercher and other directors of the Bleckley Airport Memorial committee want to change that.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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