Kansas Affordable Airfares program: Benefits and consequences

To keep airfares low at the Wichita Airport, the Wichita City Council in partnership with Sedgwick County and the State of Kansas pays a discount air carrier to operate in Wichita. While the program almost certainly works with regard to airfares, there is another effect of the program: The trend of flights and seats available in Wichita is declining, and faster than for the nation as a whole.

Today I appeared and presented the council this information. The article holding my charts and an interactive visualization of the data is Wichita airport statistics: the visualization.

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