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Wichita's average air fare in the third quarter is 10.1 percent less than in 2000, according to information released from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
That ranks Wichita as having the 17th largest decrease in fares in that time span among the top 100 airports in the nation.
"This is evidence that the Kansas Affordable Air Fares program has been a success in lowering air fares in Wichita, when prices across the country continue to rise at a faster rate," said Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. "We are excited about the potential that the arrival of Southwest Airlines in June will have on Wichita's air service."
The average fare for the third quarter in Wichita is $379. In Oklahoma City, fares are at $402 - a 29 percent increase since 2000. Tulsa has increased by nearly 40 percent, with an average fare of $431.
Fares in Kansas City average $346. Nationally, the number stands at $367 - an increase of about 9 percent since 2000.
Wichita's average fare increased 0.4 percent from the previous year, but dropped 6 percent from the previous quarter.