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Study: Fares at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport show nation's 13th biggest drop

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport has experienced the nation’s 13th biggest drop in air fares since 2000, according to research by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Fares are 18 percent less than they were a decade ago.

Wichita’s average fare in the third quarter of 2010 was $347, making the airport 43rd in average fares, it said.

Wichita's fares are slightly higher than the U.S. average of $340, but less than the $370 average at Tulsa and the $378 average fare at Oklahoma City.

Fares in Wichita rose 10 percent in the third quarter last year from the same time a year ago, however. The U.S. average fare, meanwhile, increased 11 percent.

The average fare at Kansas City, at $310, is less than in Wichita, but the gap is closing, the airport said. Ten years ago, the difference in fares between Wichita and Kansas City was $148; that has declined to a difference of $36.