Air

The Kansas airport system consists of approximately 300 designated landing areas. Kansas is home to 137 public-use airports including seven commercial service facilities and over 200 private airports that serve general aviation for either public or private use. 

Airports provide over 63,800 jobs and generate nearly $10.8 billion in total economic activity in the state. Kansas’ 140 public use airports offer convenient access to our communities, and direct routes to all national air service hubs.

Our public use airports strategically located across all regions of the state allow our communities and businesses distinct advantages:

  • No community in Kansas is more than 30 miles from a public use airport.
  • 92 percent of our population is located within 45 minutes of an airport suited to accommodate chartered service.
  • 92.5 percent of the population is within 30 minutes of an air ambulance.
  • Many of our airports are located adjacent to industrial parks, offering attractive, low-cost, foreign trade zone eligible locations to businesses seeking independent air services for cargo and company personnel.

Air Cargo

Air freight accounts for a small component of the state’s overall freight universe. Within Kansas, Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport (ICT) is the only airport that handles substantial freight movements. There are several other airports in Kansas that can support air cargo operations but their annual volumes are minimal. There are also airports that accommodate private freight shipments.

A variety of air cargo carriers service Kansas, most commercial airlines also offer small package delivery services to businesses. Air cargo carriers include: Airborne Express, Air Cargo Carriers, Baron Aviation, BAX Global, Central Air Southwest, DHL Airways, EGL, Emery Worldwide, Federal Express, Kitty Hawk, Planemasters, United Parcel Service, and United States Postal Service.

Commercial Service

Passenger service is offered at our eight commercial airports.

Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is the primary passenger and cargo service provider for Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Ten commercial airlines offer non-stop service to our state from 55 domestic and international airports. MCI offers direct access to our extensive highway system through state-of-the-art cargo handling facilities, permitting the easy transit of goods for our businesses to global markets.

At Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport (ICT), cargo carriers operate from a 65,000 square-yard air cargo apron for aircraft movement and parking. ICT has two dedicated all‐cargo buildings for freight processing. Air cargo providers include DHL, Federal Express Corp., United Parcel Service, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Empire Airlines and Integrated Airline Services. In addition, Southwest Airlines Cargo began offering air cargo services in conjunction with Leadfoot Air Cargo in July 2016. ICT has highway access from Airport Cargo Drive to an interchange with US‐54/400.

General Aviation Airports

The 132 general aviation airports in Kansas operate under four different roles. The total number of airports operating under each role are:

  • Regional - 17
  • Business - 41
  • Community - 43
  • Basic Operations - 9
  • Other - 22
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There are four general aviation airports that act as a reliever for commercial airports in the state.

  1. Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC) is a reliever of MCI, providing basic terminal. OJC also offers aircraft maintenance and repair, aircraft charters and flight training services. The airport also accommodates corporate businesses and government operations.
  2. Newton City/County Airport (EWK) is a reliever of ICT. The airport is located approximately 20 miles north of the Wichita metropolitan area. EWK accommodates corporate/business activities and a flight school.
  3. Colonel James Jabara Airport* (AAO) acts as reliever airport for the Wichita metropolitan area. Located nine miles northeast of Wichita’s Central Business district, AAO offers land for aviation development.
  4. New Century Air Center* (IXD) is located in Johnson County. IXD’s industrial park comes equipped with amenities such as BNSF rail connectivity, utilities such as water and wastewater, and an aircraft maintenance facility. 63 businesses have facilities at NCAC. Long-term lease agreements initial terms are typically 20 years, with options to extend in multi-year increments for a total of 50 to 70 years. The leases are offered in development parcels from 138 acres depending on the company’s needs.

    * Two reliever airports are air industrial parks.There are many air industrial parks operating on the sites of former military bases, offering low-cost locations for businesses seeking independent air services for cargo and company personnel.

Download the helpful resource: DataBook 2017: Transportation

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