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The people who provide weather observations at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport could be out of a job if Congress approves President Trump’s budget proposal.

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to eliminate the Contract Weather Observer program at Eisenhower and other airports to save about $50 million.

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Congressman Ron Estes of Kansas wants to protect the needs of general aviation when it comes to President Trump’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is concerned that the plan will hurt small airports.

The president says the reforms would modernize the system and make it safer and more reliable.

Estes said in a statement that he shares President Trump’s desire to improve travel in the U.S. but also wants the plan to protect the needs of general aviation.

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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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Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport says it had its second busiest year in 2016.

More than 1.6 million passengers flew in and out of the airport last year, an increase of 2 percent over 2015. June, September and October all set monthly records. The airport’s busiest year was 2008, when it was Mid-Continent Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Valerie Wise presented the data at this week’s mayor’s briefing.

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Passenger numbers at Wichita's airport were down for July over last year, but they don't tell the whole story.

This July, close to 153,000 passengers flew through Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. That was a dip from July of 2015, when the airport saw more than 158,000 passengers. It was the first monthly decline this year.

But Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said at his weekly briefing that last summer’s passenger count was unusually high.

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Travelers will soon be able to fly nonstop from Wichita to Seattle.

Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport announced today that Alaska Airlines will begin offering nonstop service to Seattle starting April 13, 2017. The airline will have one roundtrip flight per day, seven days a week.

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A temporary TSA PreCheck enrollment site at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport will stay open for an additional week after officials report high demand.

The enrollment site was supposed to close down last Friday, but will stay open until July 1.

It serves as a one-stop shop for people who want to sign up for TSA's PreCheck program, which eliminates the need to remove shoes, laptops, certain liquids, jackets and belts while going through security.

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Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport received high marks in a new survey that ranks customer satisfaction. As KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports, travelers rated the airport using a mobile app on their phones.

Eisenhower came in fourth among small-hub airports in this year’s survey, which was conducted between November 2015 and February 2016.

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Southwest Airlines will no longer provide nonstop flights to Dallas and Chicago from Wichita starting tomorrow. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports that two other cities will replace the routes.

Southwest is ending their nonstop service to the Chicago Midway and Dallas Love Field airports due to lack of passengers. Instead, nonstop flights will travel to Phoenix and St. Louis.

Valerie Wise, a spokeswoman for Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, says there will be positive aspects for passengers.

Three Kansas Congressmen are joining forces to prevent a Federal Aviation Administration plan from going into effect at Wichita’s Eisenhower airport.

They strongly oppose the move to have air traffic controllers take on weather monitoring duties.

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