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'Affordable Airfares' living up to its name

Here is how the Affordable Airfares program at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport has paid off and why the Legislature needs to keep supporting it: The airport has had the country's 11th-largest decrease in airfares since 2000. In the fourth quarter of last year, the average airfare out of Wichita was $345, which was less than the average fare of $367 in Oklahoma City and $360 in Tulsa. Though Kansas City's average fare was lower, Wichita is closing the gap. In 2000, the average fare difference between Wichita and Kansas City was $138; now it's $41.

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