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Kansas City International Airport Adds a New Terminal

by Mary Melnick

Nov 11, 2020

PHOTO: © KANSAS CITY AVIATION

November 2020

Kansas City International Airport is located 15 miles northwest of Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri. Built by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the airport opened in 1972. Its lack of congestion and low number of flight delays long established it as one of the most appealing commercial airports in the world.

The airport spans more than 10,000 acres, with three runways that can accommodate up to 139 aircraft operations per hour. KCI consistently ranks among U.S. airports with the fewest delays because of its short taxi time, uncongested air and ground space and low number of weather-related closures and cancellations.

KCI participates in the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s, “One Percent for Art” program operated by the Municipal Art Commission; more than 300 U.S. cities and counties participate in this program designed to ensure 1 percent of public construction costs be set aside for public art enhancements. The program hopes to bring artistic growth and aesthetic excellence to local communities. A panel of aviation professionals, artists and community representatives selects the artist for each project at KCI.

Currently, Kansas City International Airport is working on the new $1.5 billion Build KCI project, focusing on building the new single terminal set to be complete in 2023. The terminal will feature 39 gates, with the ability to expand to 50 in the future; the project also includes a 6,300-space parking garage adjacent to the property.

The new building will have two levels, one for arrivals and one for departures, each clearly marked to avoid confusion. The concourses will feature moving walkways to help with transfers between the two and to support easier navigation of the terminal. In addition, different security checkpoints with multiple lanes will make the process smoother and accommodate the fluctuation of passenger traffic.

The new terminal will allow for more efficient airline operations and enable airport guests to enjoy the convenience of modern travel with updated technology and amenities such as nursing mothers’ rooms, service animal relief stations, play areas, delicious food and beverage options and more. It will also include local and national shops for travel necessities, gifts and other items.

With a new terminal and amenities, Kansas City International Airport hopes to transform from a drop-off airport to a destination worth exploring.

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