Southwest Airlines offer flights from Wichita starting Sunday

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WICHITA, Kansas – Starting Sunday, Southwest Airlines will begin offering flights from Wichita.

Passengers checking in at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport may have noticed something a little different at the Air Tran ticket booth Friday afternoon.

Peaking behind the Air Tran banner is Southwest Airlines marking it terrority.

“I think it’s great to have another aircraft carrier that you can fly to convenient places,” said Laurel Visser, Wichita passenger.

The world’s largest low cost carrier bought Air Tran two years ago and will begin offering daily Wichita flights to Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas.

“I think it’s going to be great for the city making it easy to come in and out of Wichita,” said Rick Aguilar, Wichita passenger. “It’s always been not the easiest place to get into.”

Not only does this give passengers more flight options, but they won’t have to worry about paying extra for checking in bags.

“They don’t charge a lot of fees for bags not like the other airlines,” said Visser.

Having flown with Southwest before, Laurel Visser tells KSN News their customer service is what keeps her coming back for more.

“They have fun and tell jokes and things like that,” said Visser. “Makes it less stressful to travel.”

But The Travel Junkie Travel Manager Jay Dill believes Southwest could bring some headaches for its competitors in the market.

“When you have a discounted carrier that’s going to come over they’re going to give you a good price and also the service,” said Jay Dill, Travel Manager for The Travel Junkie. “It’s going to be very tough for the other airlines to compete and they’re going to be forced if they want to stay in the market to reduce their prices.”

Dill also tells KSN News it’s still too early to see how the other airlines in the market will react.

Dill said it could take at least six months for passengers to see any changes in flight prices from other airlines if any.

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