April 26, 2018

Passenger Traffic at ICT Dips in March

Passenger traffic at ICT declined 1.88% in March 2018 compared to a year ago.  A total of 130,079 passengers used ICT compared to 132,577 in March 2017.  For the year, total passenger traffic is up 1.87%.  The decline in March is due to a 6.7% decrease in available seats.  United Airlines, in particular, cut 8,072 seats in March – a decrease of 31.3% from March 2017.    United calls the reduction in seats “seasonal shaping.”  During the busy summer travel season, some of our airlines have added capacity during May – August, but total capacity will be down 4%.  American added 5%, Delta 2% and Southwest 2%.  Alaska’s capacity remains unchanged, Allegiant is down 16% and United is down 16%.  Passengers can expect full flights and should arrive at the airport about 90 minutes before departure to allow time for parking, checking in, and screening.

The NCAA tournament had a positive impact on general aviation operations, which increased 11.15% over March 2017.  Rental car revenue was also up 11.33%.  The monthly statistical reports can be found here.

Southwest is adding a second flight to Las Vegas on Sundays this summer.  This service will run from July 1 – August 5.  Departure times on Sunday are 1:25 pm and 6:55 pm.  Arrival times back into Wichita are 12:55 pm and 6:25 pm.


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