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Eisenhower airport starts year off with passenger gains

Travelers at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. (Nov. 18, 2015)
Travelers at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. (Nov. 18, 2015) File photo

Wichita Eisenhower National Airport started off 2016 with a more than 5 percent increase in travelers, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Wichita Airport Authority’s January 2016 Aviation Activity Report said 112,373 passengers flew to and from Eisenhower, compared with 106,412 in January 2015, a 5.6 percent increase.

It was the second busiest January on record, an airport official said in an e-mail Tuesday to The Eagle.

Valerie Wise, air service and business development manager for the authority, said the airport’s busiest January was in 2008, when 120,397 passengers flew to and from the airport.

Wise also said in the e-mail that there were 4 percent fewer seats available on flights at Eisenhower in January, compared with the same month a year ago.

The number of daily departures totaled 32 in both periods, the report said.

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