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Crews begin demolition of old Wichita airport

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - It's time to say goodbye to the old Wichita airport. After four years, crews will began demolition around 9 a.m. 

The City of Wichita chose to demolish the airport in two phases, as a cost-saving plan.

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In 2015, crews tore down the east and west concourses behing the main terminal.

Since then, crews worked on the interior demolition which included asbestos mitigation and electrical relocation. 

According to airport staff, this is also what caused the delay in the final demolition phase. The main terminal was scheduled to be torn down earlier this year.

Crews are set to tear down the main terminal that housed the ticket counter, baggage claim area, retail and food, security and car rental counters.

The ticketing wing will stay and be renovated for Airport Operations and storage, according to the airport's website.

By mid-to-late August, crews will work on "back-flling." This is where workers will fill the hole in the ground where the old terminal stood. They will fill it with dirt and other material to get it back to grade level.

Workers will then add paving, sidewalks, grass and a security fence around the perimeter.

Staff expect the project to take six months, wrapping up in October.

The demolition project costs $8.8 million, and it's funded by airport revenue.

What does the future look like for the new Wichita airport?

Staff have no immediate development plans but hope to expand the airport to meet the long-term travel demand.


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