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Wichita’s Airfares Competitive, Study Shows

11/4/2010
Valerie Wise, Air Service & Business Development Manager | VWise@wichita.gov | (316) 946-4700

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport had the 12th largest fare decrease since 2000 and now ranks 46th in average fare, according to federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The bureau released its second quarter 2010 domestic air fare* report, which reported that Wichita’s average airline fare in the second quarter was $345.08. Its fares are 19.8% less than in 2000, when the average fare was $430.10.

Wichita’s average fare is now in line with the U.S. average of $341 and is less than the average fare at Tulsa and Oklahoma City. While average fares at Kansas City are still less than Wichita’s, the gap has narrowed significantly, according to the report. In 2000, the fare difference between Wichita and Kansas City was $147.68; that difference is now only $36.16. The drop in Wichita air fares is largely due to the presence of low-cost carriers that force all airlines to compete on similar routes. The second-quarter 2010 average fare at Wichita increased 9.8% from 2009.

City  AVERAGE FARE
2nd Qtr. 2010
% CHANGE
2009 – 2010
% CHANGE
2000 – 2010
Wichita $345.08 +9.8% -19.8%
Tulsa $361.06 +12.5% +18.7%
Oklahoma City $370.11 +10.2% +19.2%
Kansas City $308.92 +14.7% +9.4%

 *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.

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