May 21, 2015

New Terminal Opens June 3; Parking Garage and Rental Car Center Opens May 27

The much anticipated new terminal at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport will open June 3 and the parking garage/rental car center will open May 27.  The $200 million projects represent a significant improvement for travelers and other customers visiting Eisenhower Airport.

The new terminal and parking garage projects were funded with airport generated revenue and fees collected from aviation system users.

Features of the new terminal include:  
  • The new terminal was designed to reflect the Wichita’s aviation prominence.
  • The new state-of-the-art terminal has two levels and features 12 gates. 
  • A spacious ticketing wing is equipped with self-check in kiosks for a more efficient check-in process. 
  • Escalators, elevators, or stairs will take you to the second floor for security screening.
  • With inspiration from the contrails of aircraft flying in the sky, the terrazzo design in the floor guides passenger flow.  
Historical exhibits are located throughout the terminal to provide educational opportunities for passengers and visitors alike.  On the public mezzanine, the wing-like exhibits contain historical data and graphics explaining the rich history of Wichita’s aviation heritage.
  • The iconic features of the ceiling elements located in the ticketing, baggage claim and concourse are meant to evoke the interiors of aircraft. 
  • The upper level concourse has 12 departure lounges, concessions and expanded passenger security screening to meet TSA’s latest and potential future standards.
  • Twelve (12) boarding gates each equipped with a glass boarding bridge with pre-conditioned air and ground power for aircraft. 
  • The jet bridges can be raised or lowered to accommodate all aircraft (except small GA aircraft)
  • Stairs and elevators are close to the main ticket lifts with easy access to the ramp for ground boarding operations
  • 786 outlets and USB ports attached to new Arconas Flyaway seating for plugging in your mobile devices.
  • Larger public restrooms with 59 stalls for women, 52 stalls for men, and 5 family restrooms.
  • Expanded baggage claim area with three carousels
  • Outbound passenger baggage handling systems with inline explosives detection security screening.
  • Centralized outbound baggage make-up room with two  large outbound carousels
  • Covered curbside and covered crosswalks to parking and rental cars
  • Much larger TSA security checkpoint area
  • Advanced Imaging Technology (body imaging scanners) has been installed at the TSA checkpoint.  Passengers with joint replacements or other medical devices that would regularly alarm a metal detector often prefer this technology because it is quicker and less invasive than a pat-down.   
  • The main terminal art sculpture was designed by artist Ed Carpenter from Portland, Oregon.  It is composed of cable and laminated dichroic glass mounted to the ceiling above the ticketing counters, baggage claim, and central mezzanine lobby areas. This sculpture is 330 feet in length and spans between columns under the skylights.
Most of the concessions will be located on the concourse level, post-security:  Prior to security,  the Aviator's Cafe offers a restaurant, bar, and shopping area in main terminal.

America's favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods.

Home of the Chicken Sandwich. Menu features a variety of sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Wichita’s own River City Brewing Company will provide a casual dining option, while pouring up fresh, local brews and a tempting menu of appetizers, sandwiches and other pub delights.

Overlooking the tarmac, the Air Capital Bar will provide a happy respite for weary flyers. Featuring a full-service bar, we will offer a light menu consisting of delectable appetizers, sandwiches and wraps and fresh pizzas. The design of the location will accentuate the dramatic views offered of the airfield. 

Grab and Fly  will feature breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked goods, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a selection of sandwiches. A wide variety of grab-and-go items will be available for those on a short time schedule.

Aviators Cafe will feature a wide array of baked goods, grab and go items, and fresh made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and salads. A full-service bar will complement the location. 

The CNBC Express, CNBC Smart Shop, and Air Capital Market, will offer a variety of snacks, beverages, books, magazines, and newspapers.  Also apparel, electronics, health and beauty Aids, souvenirs, and toys.

Sustainability Features
The ACT 3 Terminal is designed and constructed in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Guidelines.  Some sustainability features include:
  • High performance building envelope including high R-factor insulation systems at walls and roofs and low solar heat gain glazing systems;
  • High performance HVAC systems, with sophisticated controls;
  • Use of groundwater for tempering baggage handling areas and heat for snowmelt systems at sidewalks;
  • Efficient lighting with controls that take advantage of daylighting from skylights and large glass walls to cut energy use further;
  • Recycling of construction waste materials
  • Low water use plumbing fixtures
  • Reduced solar heat impact through use of light colored paving and roofing
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • High performance building envelope with maximum insulation
  • Efficient lighting with controls tied to natural daylight
  • Bicycle racks for employees
  • Recycling of construction waste materials
  • Use of regional materials to minimize transport
  • Materials used to improve air quality and high efficiency air filtration
Features – Parking Garage
  • The garage has 1200 parking stalls for the public, with 800 of those under cover
  • ADA accessible parking stalls are located on each level of the garage, nearest to the elevators
  • The rental car center parking area has about 400 stalls, all under cover
  • Located immediately to the parking area, there is a rental car customer service lobby which contains the counters for all 9 rental car agencies operating on the Airport
  • The vehicle entrance for the garage will be the same as currently used for Long Term and Short Term parking lots
  • The vehicle entrance for the rental car return area will move to be co-located with the new garage entrance
  • Customers walking between the new garage and rental car center will follow temporary pedestrian pathways to the current airline terminal until it closes and the new terminal opens
  • Once the new garage opens, the current Long Term and Short Term parking lots will be closed and no additional vehicles will be permitted to enter.  Vehicles already in those lots will be able to exit at the current cashier plaza.  Customers returning to the Long and Short Term lots from the current terminal will follow the same pedestrian path that they used to reach the terminal after parking.
  • When all of those vehicles have left the lots, that area will be placed under construction to build a new Economy parking lot, a new Close-In Automated lot, and an employee parking area.  Those lots should be completed later this fall.
Interim parking rates in the new garage are:
  • First 30 minutes free
  • $2/hour
  • $10 for Over 4 hours (maximum daily)
There is no limit to how long a customer may park.  Payment can be in the form of all major credit cards, debit cards, personal and traveler’s checks, and cash

Members of the Airport’s Thanks Again program can earn miles or points on the airline of their choice when using the parking garage.

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