Southwest gets $2.5M in subsidies for Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Southwest Airlines received $2.52 million in subsidies from the state’s Affordable Airfares program to help underwrite losses from its service out of Wichita.

Southwest Airlines began service in June from Wichita. The carrier, which has daily flights from Wichita to Dallas, Chicago and Las Vegas, received the subsidies for service it provided during July, August and September.

Southwest is eligible for up to $6.5 million each fiscal year to help underwrite losses on its Wichita service.

Chris Chronis, Sedgwick County chief financial officer, told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1cQLWQVjdhanjd ) that Southwest hasn’t applied yet for funds for service after September.

Kansas allocates $5 million a year for its Affordable Airfare program, which was formed to provide more flight options, competition for air travel and more affordable airfares.

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

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