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Kansas City International Airport Opens Brand-new Terminal

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Just as February comes to a close, Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is marking the end of its 5-year, $1.5 billion overhaul project, unveiling a single new terminal that streamlines the flyer experience.

Although the 1.1 million square foot Midwestern airport is not a hub for any domestic carrier at the moment, the brand-new facilities are sure to be welcome for flyers in the steadily-growing Kansas City metropolitan area.

Let’s take a closer look at the new airport!

A Single, Streamlined Terminal

The new terminal at Kansas City International Airport will replace the 2 existing terminals (B and C) with a consolidated terminal when it makes its debut tomorrow, February 28, 2023. Offering tons of natural light and high ceilings with various art installations, there’s even a food hall featuring cuisine from around the world in addition to local Kansas City vendors.

Flyers can access departures from the upper level, while arrivals and baggage claim carousels will be located on the lower level.

Curbside airline signage is large and clear so you can easily find the right check-in desk in no time. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines ticket counters are located on the north side, while all other airlines, such as JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines, are located on the south side.

Kansas City Check In
Image Credit: Kansas City International Airport

There will be a total of 16 lanes at the centralized security checkpoint, including 8 TSA PreCheck lanes and CLEAR kiosks.

In its current form, the new terminal boasts 40 gates with moving walkways to help guide travelers through the A and B concourses. As time goes on, the airport has the option to expand further and build 10 additional gates.

Hot Tip: Looking to get through airport security faster? Learn all there is to know about the TSA PreCheck and CLEAR programs.

Next-level Amenities for Travelers

Where the new terminal really shines is in its state-of-the-art facilities. Thoughtful amenities exist for all types of travelers, including a sensory room. Plus, first-time flyers can check out the “Kansas City Air Travel Experience,” where they’ll be able to simulate the entire flying experience from check-in to boarding an aircraft.

Kansas City Aircraft Simulation Room
Image Credit: Kansas City International Airport

Delta will also unveil its first Sky Club in the airport — which marks the first lounge at Kansas City’s airport — located in the B concourse. At more than 11,000 square feet, there are 2 outdoor Sky decks for plane spotting and an expansive bar with premium cocktails.

Delta Sky Club MCI Seating with Bar
Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Even if you don’t have access to the Sky Club, there’s a business meeting room, plenty of comfortable seating areas, and workstations with plenty of charging outlets — even USB-C ports!

Clark Construction Group KCI New Terminal 1
Image Credit: Jeff Roberts, JLR Photo

“Throughout this project, we’ve focused on investing in the economic growth of women- and minority-owned businesses, while providing a state-of-the-art new terminal that will redefine standards for air travel,” said Geoff Stricker, Senior Managing Director of Edgemoor, the infrastructure and real estate team of the airport project. “Kansas City is experiencing an exciting period of growth. We are honored to have delivered this transformative project to meet the evolving needs of the region.”

Final Thoughts

In the past year, we’ve seen major (and much-needed) airport overhaul projects come to life — and tomorrow, February 28, marks the beginning of a new era for the principal airport of Missouri’s largest city. Ultimately, the completion of this huge infrastructure project will bring Kansas City’s airport up to par with other new or renovated airports in the country.

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About Stella Shon

With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.

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