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Flights to WICHITA

Daveg2013
New Arrival

When are they going to add a Non-Stop flight to and from WICHITA KS. The current flights are over 6 hours. If you are flying on business that is too long. United is the only choice. When the time getting to the airport both coming and going add up it is costly for a customer. United is at least 8 hours saved. Business is growing in Kansas. Time is money. From HOU - ICT.

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Re: Flights to WICHITA

dfwskier
Rising Star

Morning.

 

Southwest does review these forums, but they are intended to be customer to customer in nature.

To insure that your request is heard, I'd suggest that you contact customer relations. Here's how:

 

https://www.southwest.com/contact-us/contact-us.html?clk=GFOOTER-CUSTOMER-CONTACT-US

 

The compny has a limited number of planes, pilots and crew, so it can't fly everywhere it would like to.

Since the company is ultimately responsible to it's stockholders, it makes route decisions based on maximizing revenue and profit. Becasue of the limited number of aircraft, Southwest adds new routes that allow it to make the most revenue and profit.

 

Hopefully, Wichita gets it's shot in the future.

Re: Flights to WICHITA

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@Daveg2013 wrote:

When are they going to add a Non-Stop flight to and from WICHITA KS. The current flights are over 6 hours. If you are flying on business that is too long. United is the only choice. When the time getting to the airport both coming and going add up it is costly for a customer. United is at least 8 hours saved. Business is growing in Kansas. Time is money.


From where? I'm sure there is at least one airport that they do fly direct - most likely Wichita is a smaller facility and doesn't support direct flights from further away destinations.

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: Flights to WICHITA

dfwskier
Rising Star

Echoing what David said, Wichita is a smaller market, thus it will never get  large number of nonstops to a mulitude of cities.

 

SW already flies non-stops from Wichita to Las Vegas and Phoenix (only one flight   a day, admitedly  with less than optimal times), and two to St Louis. So,Flights to those cities should allow access to cities east and west of Wichita. 

 

What other city would you like SW to add from Wichita?

Re: Flights to WICHITA

rtbarron
Active Member

@Daveg2013 wrote:

United is the only choice.

From HOU - ICT.


United (actually ExpressJet operating on United's behalf) operates four 50-seat regional jets on the IAH-ICT route. Southwest's smallest aircraft, the 737-700 has 137 seats. Southwest simply can't match the frequency that United has on the Wichita flight because they don't have smaller aircraft to properly meet the market's demand.