The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) is probably not an airport that you’re likely to pass through, and unless you’re going to Wichita, there wouldn’t be a reason for you to fly into it. Kansas City is close by and has it’s own airport. Dallas is a few hours away and has it’s own airport. Tulsa is close and has it’s own airport. Still, you’ll be surprised at the big punch that this little airport packs.
Calling it a little airport may be an overstatement. This airport is tiny. However, don’t let that sway you. This airport is just a few minutes away from the city, it’s clean, neat, organized, has free WiFi, and incredibly easy to get in and out of. The rental car facility is located just across the street. There’s also a cell phone lot and a hotel within walking distance. BUT….. don’t think that this is the type of airport that you could easily spend the day or night in. Remember, it’s tiny. There’s a Dunkin’ Donuts past security, a Chick Fil A (closed Sundays), and a couple other generic restaurants and airport stores. A few coworkers of mine had their flight cancelled and were forced to spend much of the day here, it was not a good experience for them. My experience was great. Checking in was a breeze, I flew through security, and staff were all friendly. You can’t ask for much more.
I had a 5:30am flight out of this airport. I arrived there about 4:15am or so. The car rental facility wasn’t open yet but they had a key drop off. Security was open and so was Dunkin’ Donuts.
There are a few things I look for in airports. Accessibility to corresponding city. Ease of transport within the airport. Comfort (seating/plugs/shopping). Food. And the wildcard. The wildcard is something unique that helps or hurts the airport.
The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport receives a grade of 8 out of 10.
There aren’t many more areas for improvement for this airport. Lacking a Starbucks is a negative for me, but it’s not critical. This airport is so close to Wichita and is so easy to get in and out of, it’s a no brainer for anyone flying into the area.