Airport #58/100: Wichita Falls (SPS)

Terminal skylight at SPS.

Wichita Falls Municipal Airport
Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
First visit: 19 October 2015

Wichita Falls is the first airport where an airline gave me a taxi van ride between airports in place of my cancelled flight.

American Airlines app, showing AA flight 9289 from SPS to DFW, operated by 'A Bus.'

Our Wichita Falls (SPS) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) flight was cancelled due to weather, and SPS had several factors going on at once:

So with all of the above, a flight cancellation meant that it would take a very long time for AA to find vacant seats for all 50 passengers on future flights, as SPS only gets a few hundred airline seats per day total. There was no option to put them on another airline, as no other airline serves SPS. So the most logical thing for AA to do was to hire several 15-passenger vans through a taxi company, and shuttle all of the passengers directly to DFW.

I had a long layover at DFW anyway, so this didn’t end up being a problem for me—and I now have a “flight” that never left the ground.

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