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February 18, 2013

Wichita airfares compare favorably to others in region

Wichita’s airfares continue to compare favorably to the region, according to a third quarter 2012 study released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Wichita’s airfares continue to compare favorably to the region, according to a third quarter 2012 study released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Wichita’s average fare is 10.1 percent less than 2000, ranking 17th among largest fare decreases since 2000.

“This is evidence that the Kansas Affordable Air Fares program has been a success in lowering air fares in Wichita, when prices across the country continue to rise at a faster rate,” Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said.

According to the report, Wichita’s average fare increased 0.4 percent from a year earlier, but was down 6 percent from the previous quarter. The average Wichita fare in the third quarter of 2012 was $379, compared to the U.S. average of $367, which was up 1.8 percent during the quarter.

Meanwhile, fares at Oklahoma City are up 29 percent and Tulsa up 39.8 percent since 2000.

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