Wichita Eisenhower National Airport’s average fares dropped
6% during the third quarter of 2016 compared to third quarter 2015. The
2016 average fare was $374.06 compared to $399.80 in 2015, according to the
Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The third quarter 2016 fare at ICT is 35% less than in 3rd
quarter 2000, which was $577.73 and before low-fare airlines entered the
Wichita market. Regionally, Wichita’s average fare is less than Oklahoma City
and Tulsa, and more in line with the national average; Wichita’s average fare
is higher than Kansas City, a market much larger than ICT.
|U.S. Average Fare
Officials attribute the drop in average
fares to the presence of discount carriers, especially Southwest Airlines.
“This is a perfect example of why
Southwest Airlines is important to our market and to economic development,”
Mayor Jeff Longwell said. “Affordable and accessible air service is vital to
our business community and leisure travelers. They are key to our ability to
attract companies to our region.”
Southwest began service to St. Louis and Phoenix
in April 2016. With two daily flights through St. Louis, Southwest offers
connections to popular markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia,
Washington National, Baltimore, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, and other
locations. Southwest’s two daily flights to the west – Las Vegas and
Phoenix – connect to top markets, such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose,
Orange County, and San Francisco among others.