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Wichita Airfares Remain Competitive

5/5/2015
Contact: Valerie Wise, Air Service & Business Development Manager, (316) 946-4700 |
Wichita's average airfares continue to remain competitive, thanks to the presence of discount carriers. Wichita’s airfares increased .5 percent to $392.71 from $390.83 in fourth quarter 2013, according the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In contrast, the U.S. average domestic airfare increased 2 percent to $393 in the fourth quarter, up from $385 in 2013.
 
Wichita’s average airfares have dropped significantly since the inception of discount carriers in 2000. In fourth quarter 2000, Wichita's average airfare (adjusted for inflation) was $565.42, the 16th highest fare of the nation’’ top 100 airports. Wichita's fourth quarter 2014 is 30.5% less than in 2000, the 54th highest out of the nation’s top 100 airports. 
 
Comparing average fares in the region, Tulsa and Oklahoma City have higher fares than Wichita; Kansas City's fare remains slightly less:
• Tulsa   $426.79
• Oklahoma City $415.13
• Kansas City  $371.85
• Wichita  $392.71
• U.S. Average  $392.66
 
Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines provides the competition needed to keep fares in Wichita affordable, airport officials said. When researching fares, all of Southwest fares are only found at www.southwest.com.  Other booking sites do not publish all of Southwest's fares.
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