July passenger count at Eisenhower sets airport record

Ticket counter at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (June 3, 2015)
Ticket counter at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (June 3, 2015) File photo

In its second month of operation in a new terminal, Wichita Eisenhower National Airport set a record for the most passengers in a month.

The airport said Tuesday in its Aviation Activity Report that 158,381 passengers passed through Eisenhower in July. The figure represents the most passengers in a month for the airport.

Previously, the airport recorded its most monthly passengers – 156,560 – in July 2007, according to a news release from the city.

Last month’s count comprises 79,219 passengers who flew from the airport, and 79,162 passengers who flew to Eisenhower.

The airport’s July 2015 passenger count was 9 percent higher than July 2014’s passenger count, which totaled 144,196, according to data from the Wichita Airport Authority.

For the first seven months of the year, 905,206 passengers flew to and from Eisenhower, up 2.5 percent from 882,937 in the same period last year.

Valerie Wise, the city’s air service and business development manager, said Tuesday that July is typically a big month for air travel.

“The summer months are usually the heavier traveled months,” Wise said. “People are taking vacations in July.”

It’s worth noting, Wise said, that in July 2007 there were 265 more flights and 3 percent more seats available at the airport than in July 2015.

“We’re seeing fuller flights” now, she said.

She said July’s gain in passengers followed an unexpectedly strong June, in which the airport had earlier reported a 6 percent increase in passengers flying to and from Eisenhower, compared with the same month a year ago.

The $160 million terminal opened June 3.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jsiebenmark.

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