New Single Terminal at Kansas City International Airport Lands in 2023
Landing in spring 2023, the new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport represents a total transformation of Kansas City’s air passenger experience. Travelers arriving to and departing from the Heart of America will be met with upgraded technology, a long list of locally-inspired amenities and convenient gate access.
Here’s what you can expect during a visit to the new KCI.
Convenient Arrivals and Departures
The new, 39-gate terminal features a modern environment with dedicated arrival and departure levels, covered parking in an adjacent garage, moving walkways and consolidated security checkpoints, all designed for easy navigation.
A spacious structure filled with natural light—and Kansas City’s signature fountains—promises an entirely new experience as travelers move through the terminal and centralized customer service desks will readily provide guidance and additional resources.
The terminal’s long list of upgrades extends all the way to your aircraft door. The new KCI will feature glass passenger boarding bridges at all 39 gates, providing views of the surrounding airfield as you board your flight. This also makes KCI the largest all-glass facility in the United States.
A parking garage with 6,100 spaces and a location adjacent to the terminal, plus dedicated curb spaces for taxis, ride sharing platforms and shuttles, are all planned to maintain KCI’s convenient experience as travelers arrive and depart.
The terminal will be the first in the United States with wireless electric bus charging, building on Kansas City’s existing environmental efforts and leadership—KCI was the first U.S. airport with electric buses.
Accessibility for All
The new KCI will feature services and spaces designed to welcome all passengers, such as a service animal relief area, military USO and nursing mothers rooms.
The Variety KC Inclusive Family Play Zone offers a simulated aircraft, accessible play spaces and other experiences for children that will contribute to making the new KCI one of the most inclusive and accessible airport terminals in the country.
Expect to feel a Kansas City connection the moment you land in the Heart of America: More than 80 percent of brands represented in the new KCI will be local to the KC region. Shops and restaurants like Charlie Hustle, Urban Café and Stockyards Brewing Co. will greet travelers, as well as experiences that introduce iconic KC destinations like the City Market. The terminal’s lineup of concessions also features 17 woman-owned and minority-owned businesses.
When it comes to barbecue, the terminal has big plans to deliver the legendary flavors for which KC is known. The Made for KC BBQ Championship is designed to award an area pitmaster the opportunity to take over a restaurant in Concourse B for one year. (Stay tuned for the results following the inaugural competition in June 2022.) In Concourse A, travelers will find the Meat Mitch BBQ dining experience.
Resources on the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, the Barbecue Hall of Fame and the Kansas City Barbeque Society will also be available within the terminal.
Public art will also have a significant presence in the new terminal, with a total of $5.6 million being invested in works from 28 individual artists, including 19 artists who live in the KC area or have local ties. Sculptures, paintings and installations will reflect area history and Kansas City’s cultural cornerstones, from its well-recognized place as a jazz hotbed to its City of Fountains moniker.
The new KCI lands in Kansas City in early 2023. Find the latest news at buildkci.com.