Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

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Wichita Mid-Continent Airport
Signage for Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.png
ICT current terminal.jpg
IATA: ICTICAO: KICT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Wichita
OperatorWichita Airport Authority
ServesSouthern Kansas
LocationWichita, Kansas
Elevation AMSL1,333 ft / 406.3 m
Coordinates37°38′59.8″N 97°25′59″W / 37.649944°N 97.43306°W / 37.649944; -97.43306
Websiteflywichita.com
Map
FAA airport diagram
ICT is located in Kansas
ICT
Location within Kansas
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
1L/19R10,3013,140Concrete
1R/19L7,3012,225Concrete
14/326,3011,921Concrete
 
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Wichita Mid-Continent Airport
Signage for Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.png
ICT current terminal.jpg
IATA: ICTICAO: KICT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Wichita
OperatorWichita Airport Authority
ServesSouthern Kansas
LocationWichita, Kansas
Elevation AMSL1,333 ft / 406.3 m
Coordinates37°38′59.8″N 97°25′59″W / 37.649944°N 97.43306°W / 37.649944; -97.43306
Websiteflywichita.com
Map
FAA airport diagram
ICT is located in Kansas
ICT
Location within Kansas
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
1L/19R10,3013,140Concrete
1R/19L7,3012,225Concrete
14/326,3011,921Concrete

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (IATA: ICTICAO: KICT) is a commercial airport in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The airport is about 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Wichita and is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Kansas.

History[edit]

Wichita Municipal Airport[edit]

Kansas Aviation Museum, former Wichita Municipal Airport terminal from 1935 to 1951, located in southeast Wichita

In October 1924 the city of Wichita hosted more than 100,000 people for the National Air Congress. The event was used by city planners to raise funds for a proposed Wichita Municipal Airport. The event was a success and ground-breaking ceremonies for the airport were held on June 28, 1929. The airport was then about six miles southeast of the older Wichita city limits.

In August 1941 the Kansas National Guard 127th Observation Squadron was activated as the first military unit assigned to the Wichita airport.

By the summer of 1950 Boeing was ready to turn out the first production models of the B-47 Stratojet, and the United States Air Force sought to make Wichita Airport a permanent military installation. Public hearings began to consider locating an Air Force base near the Wichita Boeing facilities, and the city of Wichita was awarded $9.4 million to build a new airfield for its own use.

On May 31, 1951 the USAF took title to the airport. Civil and military flights shared the airport until the new city airport was completed in October 1954. The Wichita Municipal Airport was renamed Wichita Air Force Base then renamed again to its current name of McConnell Air Force Base.

The original terminal was eventually acquired by the City of Wichita in 1980. Volunteers entered the building in the late 1980s with wheelbarrows and shovels and began the arduous cleaning task. The Kansas Aviation Museum opened on April 19, 1991 to showcase Kansas aviation history.

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport[edit]

In 1951 the United States Air Force brought proceedings to condemn and acquire the Wichita Municipal Airport for what was to become McConnell Air Force Base. Wichita's park board quickly acquired 1,923 acres (778 ha) of land in southwest Wichita and the construction of a new "Wichita Municipal Airport" took about three and a half years. The Airport opened to general aviation traffic in 1953 and airline flights moved to the new airport on April 1, 1954. The new airport was dedicated on October 31, 1954 with two runways and became Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in 1973 after Kansas City renamed its Mid-Continent Airport to Kansas City International Airport.

The airport's ICT designation is an abbreviation for Wichita. At the time the Federal Communications Commission prohibited airport codes starting with "K" or "W." Naming conventions of the time then called for the second letter of the city to be used and then use any phonetics to make it easier to identify. Similarly, Kansas City could not get a KCI designation when it renamed its Mid-Continent International Airport to Kansas City International Airport in 1972 (so Kansas City still has MCI as its designation). IATA is reluctant to change designations once they appear on maps.

The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 11 weekday departures on Braniff, 10 TWA, 4 Continental, 3 Central and 2 Ozark. Nonstop flights did not reach beyond Denver, Amarillo, Oklahoma City and Kansas City.

Two concourses attached to the terminal building with 10 gates were built in 1976. The ticketing areas were renovated and two gates were added in 1985.[1] A $6 million renovation of the terminal was completed in 1989.[2]

Current terminal[edit]

The airport has one terminal with eleven gates on two connected Concourses: the East Concourse has Gates 1 through 6 and the West Concourse has 7 through 12.

East Concourse: Gate 1 -Delta/Delta Connection, Gate 2 -Delta/Delta Connection, Gate 3 -Vacant, Gate 4 -Vacant, Gate 5 -American/American Eagle, Gate 6 -Allegiant.

West Concourse: Gate 7 -(New Terminal Blocks Gate), Gate 8 -United/United Express, Gate 10 -United/United Express, Gate 11 -Vacant, Gate 12 -Southwest.

Gate 9 no longer used for several years, due to its smaller size (seating capacity) and lack of a boarding bridge. This gate hold area was converted into a "Home Team Sports Bar" in 2007 and is no longer considered a gate.

Currently seven gates are used at Mid-Continent Airport. Gates 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 and 12 have jet bridges. Gates 4, 7, 8 and 11 do not; passengers walk out of the gate and down the stairs to the tarmac.

Future terminal[edit]

The new terminal will be just west of the present terminal. The two-story, 272,000 sq ft (25,300 m2). terminal, designed by HNTB will be a state-of-the-art modern architectural design expressing Wichita's prominent position in the industry.[3] Other contractors include AECOM providing project management services and Key/Walbridge Joint Venture serving as the general contractor.[4] Aviation themed exhibits will be part of the terminal's design. Major elements include:[5]

Control tower and old terminal viewed from the new terminal's construction site

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new terminal were on September 13, 2012. The estimated completion of the new terminal is March 2015.[6] Portions of the existing terminal will be demolished (in stages) as the new terminal becomes fully operational. A flyover of the new terminal can be found on the Airport's website.

Bombing attempt[edit]

On December 13, 2013, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician, was arrested for attempting to bomb the airport.[7][8][9] A Muslim-convert, he is alleged to have spent several months planning a suicide attack with a car-load of explosives.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsConcourse/Gate
Allegiant AirLas Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Los Angeles
East/6
American AirlinesDallas/Fort WorthEast/5
American EagleChicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort WorthEast/5
Delta Air LinesAtlantaEast/1 & 2
Delta Connection operated by Endeavor AirMinneapolis/St. PaulEast/1 & 2
Delta Connection operated by ExpressJetAtlantaEast/1 & 2
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest AirlinesMinneapolis/St. PaulEast/1 & 2
Southwest AirlinesChicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Las VegasWest/12
United AirlinesDenverWest/8 & 10
United Express operated by ExpressJetChicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–IntercontinentalWest/8 & 10
United Express operated by Republic AirlinesDenverWest/8 & 10
United Express operated by SkyWest AirlinesChicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los AngelesWest/8 & 10
Notes

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from Wichita
(October 2012 – September 2013)[11]
RankAirportPassengersCarriers
1Atlanta, Georgia153,000Delta
2Dallas, Texas (DFW)136,000American
3Denver, Colorado107,000United
4Chicago, Illinois (ORD)106,000American, United
5Houston, Texas (IAH)63,000United
6Las Vegas, Nevada45,000Allegiant, Southwest
7Minneapolis, Minnesota44,000Delta
8Chicago, IL (MDW)20,000Southwest
9Phoenix, Arizona (IWA)18,000Allegiant
10Dallas, Texas (DAL)14,000Southwest

Ground transportation[edit]

Rental car counters are located in the Baggage Claim wing.

Besides the usual taxis and shuttles, Wichita Transit West Maple[12] line provides service to/from downtown Wichita. This bus runs daily except Sundays, from morning until early evening.

See also[edit]

Other airports in the Wichita metro area

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Wichita Airport Terminal Workshop" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "About Mid-Continent – Wichita Mid-Continent Airport". Flywichita.org. 
  3. ^ McMillan, Molly (December 21, 2011). "Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Opens Bidding for Terminal Construction". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Program Team". Wichita Airport Authority. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Project Overview". Wichita Airport Authority. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "City Celebrates New Terminal Groundbreaking". Wichita Airport Authority. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Renee, Amy. "Travelers find airport operating as usual after bomb plot | Wichita Eagle". Kansas.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  8. ^ FROSCH, DAN (2013-12-13). "Wichita Airport Technician Charged With Terrorist Plot". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  9. ^ "Arrest made in attempt to bomb Wichita airport, FBI says". Fox News. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  10. ^ Pete Williams (December 13, 2013). "Feds say they disrupted suicide bomb plot by worker at Wichita airport". NBC. 
  11. ^ "Wichita, KS: Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "West Maple (route #1)". Wichitatransit.org. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 

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