WICHITA, Kansas — Sedgwick County records show Southwest Airlines lost nearly $7 million in its first eight months of offering flights from Wichita to Dallas and Chicago.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1tFadxw ) the airline's service from Wichita to Las Vegas made a modest profit of $57,600 during the same time from July 2013 to February 2014.
Southwest was able to recoup most of its $6.8 million loss through a state program and some local funds.
An airline analyst says that without the guarantee, the airline could leave Wichita at some point en route to more lucrative markets.
A Southwest spokesman declined to comment on specific routes or dollar figures, but says the airline is working to develop a self-sustaining operation in Wichita.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com