Wichita airport to open new terminal in May

9 April 2015 (Last Updated April 9th, 2015 18:30)

Wichita Dwight D Eisenhower National Airport has almost completed work on its new 275,000ft² terminal that is slated to operate its first flight in May.

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Wichita Dwight D Eisenhower National Airport has almost completed work on its new 275,000ft² terminal that is slated to operate its first flight in May.

The terminal has been designed by HNTB Corporation in association with GLMV Architecture.

The newly constructed terminal will have nine gates initially and a new in-line system for processing checked baggage. Once parts of the old terminal are removed, three more gates will be opened.

The terminal will have two floors capable of handling two million passengers a year.

While the first floor will house arriving and departing passengers, ticketing, cafe, baggage claim, and airline and operations support, the second floor will feature exhibit space, security, retail, food venues, and departure and arrival gates.

The terminal's new flexible gate system will be able to accommodate a range of aircraft and is said to incorporate the largest installation of glass passenger boarding bridges in the country.

HNTB's national aviation market sector leader Laddie Irion said: "This terminal is a momentous landmark for Wichita and its Airport Authority, and reflects the city's intrinsic fervor for the aviation industry.

"The building's design reflects the rich history and bright future of aviation in Wichita."

"Its design is an impressive combination of form and function that can effectively serve a high volume of passenger traffic while being adaptable to the city's future air-travel needs."

The terminal features sustainable elements with enhanced entrance roadways and parking.

Owing to twice as much screening space as its predecessor, it will be able to handle the queues of departing passengers entering the screening checkpoint more efficiently.

HNTB senior project manager Philip Hannon said: "The building's design reflects the rich history and bright future of aviation in Wichita.

"The roof's shape is designed to remind visitors of flight by capturing the appearance of an aircraft's wing. Other elements of the design also reinforce this theme, including large, naturally lit passenger spaces and skylights that provide a window to the sky."


Image: A rendering of the new terminal, which will feature nine gates on its opening day. Photo: courtesy of HNTB.