|Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport|
Interior view of the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport which opened June 3, 2015.
|Owner||City of Wichita|
|Operator||Wichita Airport Authority|
|Location||Wichita, Kansas, United States|
|Elevation AMSL||1,333 ft / 406.3 m|
Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (IATA: ICT, ICAO: KICT, FAA LID: ICT) is a commercial airport located about 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Wichita, Kansas, United States. It is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Kansas. ICT covers 3,248 acres (1,314 ha).
The airport is commonly referred to as Eisenhower National Airport although most locals call it Wichita Airport.
The airport was previously Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The name was to be changed on March 31, 2015 by the city of Wichita, but the official change occurred within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on November 13, 2014 for a deadline to publish new aeronautical charts and airport directories. The new terminal opened on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
The airport is named for Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. His boyhood home, museum, and Presidential Library are at the Eisenhower Presidential Center in Abilene, Kansas.
Over the past 90+ years the largest airport in Wichita has had three major terminals, including the moving of its location from the southeast to southwest side of the city.
In October 1924, the city of Wichita hosted more than 100,000 people for the National Air Congress. The event was used by city planners to raise funds for a proposed Wichita Municipal Airport. The event was a success and ground-breaking ceremonies for the airport were held on June 28, 1929. The airport was then about 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the older Wichita city limits.
By the summer of 1950, Boeing was ready to turn out the first production B-47 Stratojets and the United States Air Force sought to make Wichita Airport a permanent military installation. Public hearings began to consider locating an Air Force base near the Wichita Boeing facilities, and the city of Wichita was awarded $9.4 million to build a new airfield for its own use.
On May 31, 1951 the USAF took title to the airport. Civil and military flights shared the airport until the new city airport was completed in October 1954. The Wichita Municipal Airport was renamed Wichita Air Force Base then renamed again to its current name of McConnell Air Force Base.
The original terminal was eventually acquired by the City of Wichita in 1980. Volunteers entered the building in the late 1980s with wheelbarrows and shovels and began the arduous cleaning task. It was named the Kansas Aviation Museum and opened on April 19, 1991 to showcase Kansas aviation history.
In 1951 the United States Air Force brought proceedings to condemn and acquire the Wichita Municipal Airport for what was to become McConnell Air Force Base. Wichita's park board quickly acquired 1,923 acres (778 ha) of land in southwest Wichita and the construction of a new "Wichita Municipal Airport" took about three and a half years. The Airport opened to general aviation traffic in 1953 and airline flights moved to the new airport on April 1, 1954. The new airport was dedicated on October 31, 1954 with two runways and became Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in 1973 after Kansas City renamed its Mid-Continent Airport to Kansas City International Airport.
The airport's ICT designation is an abbreviation for Wichita. At the time the Federal Communications Commission prohibited airport codes starting with "K" or "W." Naming conventions of the time then called for the second letter of the city to be used and then use any phonetics to make it easier to identify. Similarly, Kansas City could not get a KCI designation when it renamed its Mid-Continent International Airport to Kansas City International Airport in 1972 (so Kansas City still has MCI as its designation). IATA is reluctant to change designations once they appear on maps.
The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 11 weekday departures on Braniff, 10 TWA, 4 Continental, 3 Central and 2 Ozark. Nonstop flights did not reach beyond Denver, Amarillo, Oklahoma City and Kansas City. TWA had the first scheduled jet flights, in 1964.
Two concourses attached to the terminal building with 10 gates were built in 1976. The ticketing areas were renovated and two gates were added in 1985. A $6 million renovation of the terminal was completed in 1989.
On September 13, 2012 groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the construction of a new terminal building.
The Old Terminal had an East & West Concourse, each consisting of six gates. The Old Terminal and East & West Concourses closed for good on the night of June 2, 2015. Both concourses have since been demolished.
East Concourse Gates: 1 - 6
Airlines: Allegiant Air (6), American Airlines/American Eagle (5), Delta Air Lines/Delta Connection (1 & 2)
Former Airlines: America West, Continental, Frontier (Current), Northwest, Seaport Airlines, TWA, Vanguard & Western Pacific
West Concourse Gates: 7 - 12
Airlines: Southwest Airlines (12) & United Airlines/United Express (8 & 10)
Former Airlines: Air Midwest, AirTran, Braniff (Original), Frontier (Original), Republic Airlines (Original), Western Airlines & US Air Express (later US Airways Express)
Notes: Gates 3, 4, 7, 9 & 11 were vacant/unused in 2015. Gate 9 was unused for many years and had been converted into a cocktail lounge. Gate 11 was last used by Delta Air Lines/Delta Connection until they merged with Northwest Airlines and moved to the East Concourse in February 2010, this Gate was then converted to other use. Also in 2015, when the terminal closed, only gates 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 & 12 had boarding bridges.
On March 4, 2014, the Wichita City Council approved changing the name of the airport from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, in honor of former president, general, and Kansas native Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new terminal took place on September 13, 2012. Construction started on October 9, 2012. The new terminal opened on June 3, 2015. The previous terminal has been demolished, as the new terminal became fully operational. A flyover of the new terminal can be found on the Airport's website.
The new terminal is just west of the previous terminal. The two-story, 272,000 sq ft (25,300 m2). terminal, designed by HNTB, is a modern architectural design expressing Wichita's prominent position in the aviation industry. Other contractors included AECOM, providing project management services, and Key/Walbridge Joint Venture, serving as the general contractor. Aviation themed exhibits are part of the terminal's design.
Major elements include:
The New Terminal/Concourse opened on June 3, 2015. The airport has one terminal and one concourse with 12 gates, all with glass jetways that can accommodate most current commercial aircraft.
Concourse Gates: 1-12
Airlines: Alaska Airlines (11), Allegiant Air (3), American Airlines/American Eagle (6 & 7), Delta Air Lines/Delta Connection (1 & 2), Southwest Airlines (4 & 5) & United Airlines/United Express (8 & 9)
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Orlando/Sanford
|American Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Las Vegas, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, St. Louis|
|United Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental|
|FedEx Express||Garden City (KS), Memphis (TN)|
|UPS Airlines||Kansas City (MO), Oklahoma City (OK), Portland (OR), Springfield/Branson (MO)|
|Passenger Volume||Change over previous year||Total Aircraft Operations||Cargo Tonnage|
|Source: Wichita Airport Authority Aviation Activity Report |
|1||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||141,500||American|
|3||Chicago, Illinois||119,630||American, United|
|5||St. Louis, Missouri||63,000||Southwest|
|6||Las Vegas, Nevada||57,500||Southwest, Allegiant|