State Affordable Airfares program shows impact
Mid-Continent Airport recorded its third largest year of passenger traffic in 2010 as more than 1.5 million passengers flew in and out of the Wichita terminal. The 1,549,395 passengers represent a 2.91 percent increase over 2009. The airport’s record year occurred in 2008 with 1,619,643 passengers. The second highest year occurred in 2007 with 1,596,229 passengers.
In December 2010, Mid-Continent recorded 127,809 passengers, an increase of 2.03% over December 2009. The increase is particularly notable because of 25 cancelled flights in December due to severe winter weather on the East Coast.
“Even though there are fewer available seats and a sluggish economy, our market showed increased demand for air travel last year,” according to Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. “It appears that our market is poised for continued growth in 2011.”
Brewer also cited the Kansas Affordable Airfares program, which Gov. Sam Brownback included in his proposed budget for the coming year: “Affordable Airfares contributed greatly to the increase in airline traffic at Mid-Continent. Continuation of the program is an important investment that brings money back into the state coffers and benefits all Kansans with lower-cost air service and improved economic benefits.”
In comparison with regional airports for 2010, Kansas City’s traffic was up 1.4%, Tulsa down 1.6%, and Oklahoma City up 2.13% (through November). U.S. domestic traffic is up 1.4% through October 2010.