The new $200 million Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal and parking garage will be available for public viewing during an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
When it opens sometime next month, the new terminal will be able to handle 2 million passengers a year, about 500,000 more than the airport does now.
Five airlines – Allegiant, Southwest, Delta, American and United – plan to make 72 flights daily from the new terminal, according to a news release.
The new building is 275,000 square feet, slightly larger than the old building, said Pat McCollom, program manager of the new terminal building at the airport, who oversees construction and opening preparations.
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At the open house, T-shirts and other giveaways will be held every half hour, and residents do not have to be present to win, according to the release.
Free parking will be at the Learjet parking lot at 1 Learjet Way, which has an entrance off of Tyler. Transit buses will transport attendees to and from the new terminal.
Attendees are advised to not bring large bags, backpacks, coolers, weapons, or items that might be considered a security risk since security will be enforced.
The new airport features more options for travelers who want to eat and drink while waiting for their flight, with several restaurants available after the security checkpoint, which was not part of the layout at the old airport.
The new security area, which is on the second level of the airport, is larger and will eventually include a new body imaging machine often found in larger airports.
Funding for the airport comes from airport-generated revenue and user fees.
By the numbers
3 baggage claims
3 retail shops
4 security lines
6 food options
9 nonstop destinations
9 rental car companies
29 ticket counter spots
111 bathroom stalls
143 security cameras
275,000 square feet
1,600 parking garage stalls
Source: Wichita Eisenhower National Airport