Wichita Mid-Continent Airport
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|Wichita Mid-Continent Airport|
|IATA: ICT – ICAO: KICT|
|Owner||City of Wichita|
|Operator||Wichita Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||1,333 ft / 406.3 m|
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (IATA: ICT, ICAO: 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.
Wichita Municipal Airport
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, at that time, was located 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. Both civil and military flights shared the airport until the new city airport was completed in October 1954. The Wichita Municipal Airport was temporarily renamed to Wichita Air Force Base then it was renamed again to its current name of McConnell Air Force Base.
The original terminal was eventually acquired by the City of Wichita in 1980s. 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
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport was conceived in 1951 when 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 was opened to general aviation traffic in 1953, while air carrier service was transferred to the new airport on April 1, 1954. The new airport was dedicated on October 31, 1954, and was renamed 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 actually 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 (and thus Kansas City still has MCI as its designation). IATA is reluctant to change designations once they appear on navigational 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 constructed in 1976. The ticketing areas were renovated and two additional gates were added in 1985. A $6 million renovation of the terminal was completed in 1989.
The airport has one terminal with a total of Eleven (11) Boarding Gates on two connected Concourses: the East Concourse has Gates 1 through 6 and the West Concourse has Gates 7 through 12.
East Concourse: Gate 1 -VACANT, Gate 2 -Delta/Delta Connection, Gate 3 -United/United Express (overflow), Gate 4 -Delta/Delta Connection, 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 (for this reason it is no longer considered a "Gate").
Currently 8 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 must walk out of the gate and descend down the stairs onto the tarmac to enplane or deplane at these four gates.
The new terminal will be immediately west of the existing terminal. The new two-story, 272,000 sq ft (25,300 m2). terminal, designed by HNTB will be a state-of-the-art modern architectural design expressing flight and Wichita's globally prominent position in the aviation industry. Other contractors for the project include AECOM providing project management services and Key/Walbridge Joint Venture serving as the general contractor. Special aviation themed exhibits will be an integral element in the terminal's design. Major elements of the project include:
- New terminal roadway and covered curb with separate lanes for private and commercial vehicles.
- Terminal building with enlarged ticketing and baggage claim on the main entry level.
- Upper level concourse with departure lounges, concessions and expanded passenger security screening.
- 12 boarding gates, each equipped with a passenger boarding bridge. Up to 16 boarding bridges in total.
- Passenger baggage handling systems with inline explosives detection security screening.
- Enhanced pre-security and post-security concessions and passenger services.
- Consolidated rental car facility counters, plus close-in parking and car return located in the covered garage.
- Covered daily, short and long term parking in a multi-level garage directly across from the new terminal.
- Short-term and long-term public parking plus a new expanded Park & Ride shuttle parking lot.
- Parking with at least 3,000 spaces.
- New communications, life safety and security systems.
- New aircraft apron to accommodate the relocated terminal and gates.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new terminal took place on September 13, 2012. The estimated completion of the new terminal is March 2015. 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.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Los Angeles
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth||East/5|
|American Eagle||Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth||East/5|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||East/2 & 4|
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Minneapolis/St. Paul||East/2 & 4|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta||East/2 & 4|
|Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines||Minneapolis/St. Paul||East/2 & 4|
|Southwest Airlines||Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Las Vegas||West/12|
|United Airlines||Denver||West/8 & 10|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental||East/3 & West/8 & 10|
|United Express operated by Republic Airlines||Denver||West/8 & 10|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles||West/8 & 10|
|1||Atlanta, Georgia||179,000||AirTran, Delta|
|2||Denver, Colorado||153,000||Frontier, United|
|3||Dallas, Texas (DFW)||128,000||American|
|4||Chicago, Illinois (ORD)||105,000||American, United|
|5||Houston, Texas (IAH)||59,000||United|
|7||Las Vegas, Nevada||35,000||Allegiant|
|9||Phoenix, Arizona (IWA)||17,000||Allegiant|
|10||Los Angeles, California||7,000||Allegiant, United|
Rental car counters are located in the Baggage Claim wing.
Other airports in the Wichita metro area
- Colonel James Jabara Airport
- Beech Factory Airport
- Cessna Aircraft Field
- McConnell Air Force Base
- Augusta Municipal Airport
- "City of Wichita Airport Terminal Workshop" (PDF).
- "About Mid-Continent – Wichita Mid-Continent Airport". Flywichita.org.
- McMillan, Molly (December 21, 2011). "Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Opens Bidding for Terminal Construction". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
- "Program Team". Wichita Airport Authority. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
- "Project Overview". Wichita Airport Authority. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- "City Celebrates New Terminal Groundbreaking". Wichita Airport Authority. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
- "Wichita, KS: Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
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