Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Kansas. Historically, the Wichita area is the American heartland for aircraft manufacturing. The area is proudly marketed as the ‘Air Capital of the World’.
The airport sits on 3,248 acres and is home base to 215 aircraft. An FAA control tower handles an average 456 daily operations, including forty daily commercial passenger departures. BTS data shows the airport averages 2,000 passengers per day. The legacy airlines (American/USAirways, Delta/Northwest and United/Continental) offer direct service to Atlanta, Houston, DFW, LAX, Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago (ORD). Southwest, Frontier and Allegiant also maintain schedules out of ICT. Roughly half of all passenger flights use smaller regional aircraft.
The airport terminal presently has 11 gates. A new terminal project is underway, which will increase the number of gates. The $160M project includes parking for at least 3,000 vehicles.
…Southwest began two daily flights to Chicago (MDW), two daily flights to Dallas (DAL), and one daily fliight to Las Vegas.
…A $160M project designed to replace the present terminal, which was built in 1954. Includes the addition of 1,200 new parking spaces.
…A post at MidwestFlyer.com, with some notes about the history of ICT. Excerpt: “In its heyday, Wichita Municipal Airport (KICT) was a major mid-continent stopover for the airlines. During the 1940s, it was one of the busiest airports in the nation with a take-off or landing occurring every 90 seconds.”
…A reprint of an article that appeared in the Kansas Government Journal, in October 1954. At that time, Wichita (and other airports in the mid-continent) were a critical part of the national aviation system, needed as fuel stops for transcontinental flights.