Wichita Airport Traffic on the Rise

The number of passengers flying in and out of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport rose nearly 3 percent in February over a year ago.

Last month, 102,595 passengers flew in and out of the Wichita airport, up from 99,773 for the same month a year ago.

But with passenger traffic down in January nearly 3 percent, traffic at the Wichita airport for the first two months of 2005 is down slightly -- less than 1 percent.

It's difficult to speculate as to the reasons behind the data, said interim airport director Tom Nolan.

"There's a lot of seasonality" to the business, Nolan said.

He attributes the increase in ridership last month to an economy that's showing signs of recovery.

With spring break this month, Nolan also suggests that passengers arrive at the airport earlier than normal. Traffic will be up, and lines will be longer at ticket counters and at passenger screening.

In other airport news, Continental Airlines added a fourth flight from Wichita to Houston this month. And in May, America West will add a third flight to Phoenix.