Now Open: New Single Terminal at Kansas City International Airport
An all-new air travel journey has arrived in Kansas City. The new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) represents a total transformation of Kansas City’s 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 the next time your plans take you through MCI.
Convenient Arrivals and Departures
The new, 40-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—delivers an entirely new experience as travelers move through the terminal and centralized customer service desks are available to provide guidance and additional resources.
The terminal’s long list of upgrades extends all the way to your aircraft door. The new MCI features glass passenger boarding bridges at all 40 gates, providing views of the surrounding airfield as you board your flight. This also makes the Kansas City International Airport the largest all-glass facility in the United States.
A parking garage with 6,200 spaces and a location adjacent to the terminal, plus dedicated curb spaces for taxis, ride sharing platforms and shuttles, were all designed to maintain the airport's convenient experience as travelers arrive and depart.
The terminal is the first in the United States with wireless electric bus charging, building on Kansas City’s existing environmental efforts and leadership—MCI was the first U.S. airport with electric buses.
Accessibility for All
The new MCI features 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 contribute to making the airport 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 MCI are local to the KC region. Shops and restaurants like Charlie Hustle, Urban Café and Stockyards Brewing Co. 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 delivers KC's legendary flavors in big ways. The Made for KC BBQ Championship hosts an annual barbecue competition and awards the winning pitmaster the opportunity to take over a restaurant in Concourse B for one year, with Smoke 'n Magic chosen as the inaugural winner. 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 are also available within the terminal.
Public art also has 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.