Wichita Eisenhower National Airport’s new terminal opened today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony involving Mayor Jeff Longwell, Wichita City Council Members, Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King and other officials. (Photos attached)
Mayor Longwell noted the historic day and thanked staffers and supporters of the new terminal including City Manager Robert Layton and Director of Airports Victor White.
The first aircraft to arrive with passengers was a Southwest flight that taxied at 9:35 at Gate 4. Passengers were welcomed by City Council members and attendees who were blowing noise makers. There were three departing flights earlier in the morning.
“Today, with the opening of the new terminal at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, we usher in a new era for air travel in Wichita ICT,” Longwell said. “It changes today. This is a state-of-the facility that reflects our rich aviation history, provides an improved first impression of our city and offers nice amenities.”
The $200 million terminal project includes a historical display that tells the story of how Wichita became the Air Capital of the World. The new terminal project was funded with airport-generated revenue, includes a new Parking Garage and Rental Car Center, which opened last week. The four-level parking garage offers 1,200 stalls, with 800 under cover, and includes covered crosswalks which take travelers to and from the new terminal.
The new Rental Car Center, which contains the customer service counters for all 9 agencies, is located adjacent to the garage. Rental car pickup and drop-off will now be inside on the first level of the parking structure.