August 6, 2019

Average Fare at ICT Drops 4% in First Quarter 2019

The average fare dropped 4% during the first quarter of 2019 at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.   The average fare was $388.02* compared to $404.03 in the first quarter of 2018, a $16.01 decrease.    Nationwide, average fares remained unchanged.  Wichita’s fare is comparable to those in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Des Moines.

Compared to Q1 2000, Wichita was one of the highest-fared markets in the U.S. with an average fare of $633.21 (inflation adjusted).  Low-fare airlines entered our market beginning in 2002.  The Q1 2019 fare is 39% less than it was in Q1 2000.

Q1 2019 Average Fares by Regional Airports

AirportQ1 2019Q1 2018Q1 2000Q1 2019 - Q1 2018Q1 2019 - Q1 2000
Kansas City$361.81$354.56$409.20$7.25, +2%-$47.39, -12%
Oklahoma City$382.14$395.82$437.85-$13.68, -3%-$55.70, -13%
Tulsa$393.57$401.30$432.93-$7.73, -2%-$39.36, -9%
Des Moines$375.54$385.50$604.42-$9.96, -3%-$228.88, -38%
Wichita$388.02$404.03$633.21-$16.01, -4%-$245.19, -39%
National Average$352.06$350.54$503.96-$1.52, 0%-$151.90, -30%
*Source:  Bureau of Transportation Statistics Itinerary Fare: Average fares are based on domestic itinerary fares, round-trip or one-way for which no return is purchased. Fares are based on the total ticket value which consists of the price charged by the airlines plus any additional taxes and fees levied by an outside entity at the time of purchase. Fares include only the price paid at the time of the ticket purchase and do not include other fees, such as baggage fees, paid at the airport or onboard the aircraft. Averages do not include frequent-flyer or ‘zero fares’ or a few abnormally high reported fares.

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Valerie Wise

Air Service & Business Development Manager

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Brad Christopher

Assistant Director of Airports

(316) 946-4700

Victor White

Director of Airports

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