Airport is a commercial airport
located in southwest Wichita, in Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA.
is the busiest airport in the state of Kansas (The larger Kansas
City International Airport is located in Missouri). In 2008,
passenger traffic continued to grow despite increased fuel prices
and economic troubles, with 1,615,075 passengers passing through
Mid-Continent Airport was first conceived in 1951 when the United States Air Force brought
legal 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 (7.8 km²) of land in southwest Wichita and the
construction of a new "Wichita Municipal Airport" took about three
and a half years. The new airport was dedicated on October 31,
1954, and was renamed Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in 1973 after
Kansas City renamed its Mid-Continent Airport to Kansas City
The airport's ICT designation is actually an abbreviation for
Wichita. At the time the Federal Communications
prohibited airports to have radio call signs
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
(and thus Kansas City still has MCI as its designation). Further,
is very reluctant to change
designations once they appear on navigational maps.
Current Airport Passenger Terminal
The current airport has one terminal with a total of twelve (12)
boarding gates on two connected concourses: the East Concourse
houses Gates 1 through 6 and the West Concourse houses Gates 7
through 12. Due to the Delta/Northwest merger, Delta Airlines now
occupies Gates 2 & 4. Gate 9 is a non functioning gate and is
not fully operational, or used by any air carrier at this time.
Gate 9 has not been utilized for several years, due to its much
smaller size (capacity) and lack of boarding bridge.Therefore
(currently) 10 gates are used, on a daily basis, at Mid-Continent
Airport.Gates 7, 8, 9 and 11 do not have boarding bridges
), passengers must walk
outside of the airport terminal on the Tarmac
to board or de-plane departing or arriving aircraft.
New Mid-Continent Terminal Information
The new terminal building will be located immediately west of the
existing terminal. The new two-story, . terminal will be a
state-of-the-art modern architectural design expressing flight and
Wichita’s globally-prominent position in the aviation industry.
Special aviation themed exhibits will be an integral element in the
terminal’s design.Major elements of the project include:
- New terminal roadway and covered curb with separate lanes for
private and commercial vehicles.
- Terminal building with enlarged ticketing and baggage claim on
the main entry level.
- Upper level concourse with departure lounges, concessions and
expanded passenger security screening.
- 12 boarding gates, each equipped with a passenger boarding
- Passenger baggage handling systems with inline explosives
detection security screening.
- Enhanced pre-security and post-security concessions and
- Rental car service counters, plus close-in parking and car
- Short-term and long-term public parking plus a new expanded
shuttle parking lot.
- Parking with a total of at least 3,000 spaces.
- New communications, life safety and security systems.
- New aircraft apron to accommodate the relocated terminal and
Construction began in late Summer 2009, with a completion date
estimated for early (first quarter) 2013. The existing terminal
will be demolished (in stages) as the new terminal becomes fully
operational. A flyover
of the new terminal can be found on the
Airlines and Destinations
Wichita currently has commercial air service to 11 non-stop
destinations with over 45 outbound daily flights.
Key Airport Management
- Victor D. White, Director of Wichita Airports
- E. Bradley Christopher, Assistant Director of Airports
- Valerie Wise, Air Service and Business Development Manager
- Traci Nichols, Advertising Director Wichita Mid-Continent
- Paul Moore, Chief of Airport Safety
- Charles Fletcher, Chairman Wichita Airport Advisory Board