Aviation

Eisenhower passenger counts edge higher in April, lower for year

The departures area of the new terminal at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The new terminal is scheduled to open on June 3. (May 21, 2015)
The departures area of the new terminal at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The new terminal is scheduled to open on June 3. (May 21, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

The number of people flying to and from Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in April was higher than the same month a year ago, but traffic is still down slightly year-to-date.

The Wichita Airport Authority said in its April activity report that 123,103 people flew to and from Eisenhower Airport during the month. That compared to 119,265 in April 2014. Passengers departing the airport totaled 61,417, a nearly 3 percent increase from 59,797 in April 2014. Passengers arriving at the airport in April 2015 totaled 61,686, up nearly 4 percent from 59,468 in the same month in 2014.

But for the January through April period, fewer passengers used the airport, the report said.

The report said total passengers were 449,889 in the first four months of 2015, down from 452,149 in the same period in 2014. The decrease was greatest in passengers departing the airport in the four-month period: 223,006 in 2015 compared with 225,041 in 2014, a 0.9 percent decrease. Passengers arriving at Eisenhower totaled 226,883 in the January through April 2015 period compared with 227,108 in the same period in 2014.

The report said there were 35 daily departures at Eisenhower in April 2015, compared with 34 in the same month in 2014.

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