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AirTran Airlines to keep Wichita service as Southwest

January 13, 2012

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— Kansas officials say AirTran Airlines will continue flying out of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport as it transitions to Southwest Airlines.

The announcement Friday at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce came amid questions about whether the airport would continue service with the low-cost airline after Southwest purchased AirTran. Gov. Sam Brownback and local leaders were on hand for the announcement.

Officials say the move will help keep down the cost of airfares out of Wichita.

KWCH-TV reports AirTran first came to Wichita in 2006 as part of the city's "Fair Fares" program, which provided a revenue guarantee.

Since then, the city and Sedgwick County each has provided $812,000 in subsidies on top of the $4.8 million the airline received from the state.

Comments

LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

Air Tran and Southwest, cheapest way to fly your pet.

gccs14r 2 years, 10 months ago

How many other airlines are receiving subsidies to service Wichita, and how does the total subsidy compare with that given to Amtrak to provide service there?

Funny how the Republicans are all about the free market, until they aren't.

monkfellow 2 years, 10 months ago

What is your point, besides a silly, juvenile slap at political party? The subsidies for air service is handled by the FAA, which, last I looked, had Obama appointees,affirmed by Republicans. As to the question of train service, given the fact Amtrak, at least in this part of the country, operates on established freight route lines, the schedules would be meaningless.There are countless delays and time changes on those lines. And, it would take years to get through the FEDERAL permitting process to establish service say, from Wichita to Oklahoma City or Phoenix or wherever the Southwest connecting points will be. Given the fact the City of Wichita and the County Commission are contributing the funds, what is your point, I ask again? Maybe you know the political affiliations there, I sure don''t know, and don't care, really. Something is being done by a private company to retain airline service,something CUSTOMERS appreciate, and that's good a good thing, right? Well, in your liberal world, maybe not.

hyperinflate 2 years, 10 months ago

monkfellow,

Since you appear to be an apologist for the Republicans we'll go ahead and make the assumption that you are a bit slow on the uptake (we're usually ahead of the ballgame to make this assumption). Now, follow along, m-kay?

1.) If it would normally cost a business X dollars to provide a service, then they need to charge Y dollars in order to ensure a profit.

2.) If, however, it is determined that Y dollars is more than people will be able to afford, and then a plan is hatched to use taxpayer money to make up a certain (probably significant) portion of Y dollars that someone has to pay to get a ticket, then a new price Z results (which is the 'subsidized' price).

3.) Now a ticket that should cost Y dollars costs Z dollars (i.e. less dollars than Y).

4.) The many (taxpayers) are forking over their money so that the few (airline ticket purchasers) can enjoy flight service for less money.

How could anyone call this anything exception socialism? How could you all "in defense of free enterprise at all costs" lockstep Republicans honestly support this with a straight face? Are you suddenly pinko Bolsheviks?

Now I happen to believe the government has a role to play in making sure that transportation is affordable to folks that would otherwise not have a means to move about the country. But I cannot suffer to hear another laissez-faire conservative defend this action and still spout out the hate and vitriol about Obama and European-style socialism, wealth redistribution, et. al. It is hypocrisy plain and simple.

monkfellow 2 years, 10 months ago

Actually, if you wish to label people I would be considered an independent. However, you still didn't address my question. Given that the LOCAL government made the investment, can you confirm they are Republicans so as to bolster your argument. As it is, Amtrak and other forms of "public transit" are heavily subsidzed by the government,so it's a red herring.

gccs14r 2 years, 10 months ago

You must have missed the last line in the story where they mention AirTran getting $4.8 million from the State.

monkfellow 2 years, 10 months ago

So, who set the precedent? Can't blame Brownback off the top. Did Sebelius set this up? Carlin? Who? And, was the legislature Democrat or Republican majority when the subsidy was created? I believe Amtrak also gets a state subsidy for operating here.

KS 2 years, 10 months ago

I am a big fan of SWA. They know how to run the trains on time.

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