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Wichita airport reports slight drop in passengers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport says the number of passengers in 2012 fell 2 percent.

The airport says the decline is the result of some airlines dropping flights from Wichita. Frontier Airlines halted service to Denver in November, a loss of about 200 seats each way. And Allegiant Air stopped seasonal service to Los Angeles in August 2011.

Air carriers offered 33 daily departures out of Wichita in December, down from 53 daily flights in 2003. At the same time, 1.51 million passengers flew in and out of the airport, compared with 1.41 million in 2003.

Passenger traffic in Wichita peaked in 2008 at 1.62 million.

The Wichita Eagle reports Southwest Airlines (http://bit.ly/VzxM0j ) plans to enter the Wichita market on June 2, which is expected to add flights and service.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com