"Change has landed" at Wichita’s Eisenhower national Airport in the past year, and so have an unprecedented number of travelers. The newly renovated airport saw its third busiest year to date in 2015, according to the Wichita Airport Authority. With a total of 1,571,348 in the year, it topped numbers from 2014 by 37,679, a 2.46 increase.
The total number of passengers fell just short of previous records set by 2007, which saw 1,596,229 travelers through the airport; and 2008, which holds the airport’s highest record of 1,619,075 travelers.
Though the year overall presented strong numbers, it ended on a decline, as December’s number of total passengers was down by 2.11 percent from the same month in 2014. Reports from 2014 showed that the airport saw 132,156 passengers in December, while reports for 2015 show only 129,369 passengers for the month of December. The low numbers are a result of poor weather, as 39 flights were cancelled in December due to inclement weather conditions. In addition, six percent fewer seats were available in 2015 as compared to 2014.
Airport renovations in 2015 included the addition of a new $160 million terminal and a $40 million parking garage during the summer, though the facility received its new name in January of last year.