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What Airports are There in Kansas?

From outer space to aerospace, aviation in Kansas continues to be at the forefront of a dynamically developing industry. Kansas continues to play a key role in the impact of aviation on our culture, history and economy. There are 138 public use airports in the state, of which 7 are commercial and 131 are general aviation airports, plus 197 private airports and 32 helipads. Combined, Kansas airports, aviation manufacturing, and airport and aviation jobs account for $20.6 billion in economic activity. Through innovation, research and manufacturing, the state continues to serve as an example of the American spirit. Kansas Aviation is leading the way thanks to its willingness to look beyond the limits of the possible, paving the way for the next generation.

The largest international airport in Kansas is Dwight Eisenhower Wichita National Airport with 812,252 passengers per year, and the smallest airport is Topeka Regional Airport with 2,965 passengers per year. Dwight Eisenhower National Airline Wichita operates flights on arrival time by 79.68% compared to the average flights on arrival time in the United States by 79.99%. Dwight D. Wichita National Airport Eisenhower’s departure time is 83.94% compared to the US average for departure time of 81.56%.

The total number of passengers from all airports in Kansas is 941316 people per year, which is 0.10981117368624% of the total US air traffic.

List of Airports in Kansas

  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport — it is a commercial airport, 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Wichita. It is one of the largest and busiest airports in Kansas map. Currently, there are 7 airlines operating at the airport, most of the flights are operated by American, Delta and United. All flights depart to domestic destinations, mainly to Dallas and Atlanta.
  • Manhattan Regional Airport — This airport is located in Manhattan and about 2 miles from downtown. It accepts regular flights of civilian airlines.
  • Garden City Regional Airport — Garden City Regional Airport is located along Highway 50/400, ten miles southeast of Garden City. Currently serviced by American Eagle, which departs twice a day to Dallas/Fort Worth. The airport also supports a wide range of commercial and general aviation, including charter flights, cargo air transportation.
  • Topeka Regional Airport — Formerly known as Forbes Field, is a combined military-civilian public airport owned by the administration of the capital’s Topeka Airport.
  • Salina Regional Airport — this former Salina Municipal Airport is located three miles southwest of Salina. It is used for general aviation, and the service is provided by one passenger airline SkyWest Airlines (operating as United Express), subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.


The major airports in Kansas are served by the following airlines:

  • Allegiant Air
  • America West Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines

Popular Kansas State Destinations

Due to statistics, the most popular destinations at airports in Kansas state are:

  • Kansas City (81%)
  • Wichita (16%)
  • Manhattan (1%)

Kansas Aviation History

The history of Kansas aviation dates back to the early 1900s, when Carl Dryden Brown began promoting the production of commercial aircraft in Freedom, Kansas. While Brown never flew his plane and closed his factory just two years after it opened, other Kansans were preparing to see successful takeoffs on the runway.

The flat lands and open prairie skies made Kansas an ideal place to fly airplanes, and Kansas saw its first successful Longren Flyer, flying in Topeka in 1910. It was just five years after the Wright brothers’ infamous Kitty Hawk flight. Longren’s flyer was built from scratch and operated by Albino Casper Lindgren with the help of his brother and friend. Longren quickly became the first Kansas aviator known to many in the region, and by continuing to produce aircraft, he became a pioneer of the design and technology that we use for aircraft today.