New terminal at KCI Airport to open soon. Here’s when city will make announcement

Kansas Citians will learn Monday afternoon when passengers will start arriving and departing from the new $1.5 billion single terminal at KCI Airport.

Mayor Quinton Lucas will hold a 4 p.m. press conference to announce the opening date of the terminal at Kansas City International Airport, the city said in a news release.

The opening is coming four years after the city broke ground on the project in March 2019. The new terminal project, at more than 1 million square feet, is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history.

The new 40-gate terminal will replace the airport’s aging horseshoe-like terminals, which opened in 1972, and were designed with a “drive to your gate” convenience. The design failed to foresee the age of airport security and wasn’t deep enough to fit concessions and restrooms for passengers after they went through security.

The new terminal, built on the site of the former Terminal A, will usher in a new air travel experience in Kansas City, providing nearly 50 places to eat and shop. About 80% of the brands are local to the Kansas City region.

Kansas City will announce Monday the opening date of the new terminal at KCI.
Kansas City will announce Monday the opening date of the new terminal at KCI.

It will also feature the largest public art program in Kansas City’s history, with a $5.6 million of newly commissioned art. Nineteen of the artists chosen live in the Kansas City area or have local ties.

Other amenities include information desks, moving walkways, Delta Sky Club, military USO, mediation room and all-glass passenger boarding bridges.

Up to 6,000 construction-related jobs were generated by the project, which was led by developer Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and their design-build partner Clark | Weitz | Clarkson. More than 240 Kansas City-area firms worked on the project, with more than 130 of them being minority- and women-owned.