Located in Platte County in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City International Airport (airport code MCI) is one of the nation’s largest airports, covering more than 10,000 acres. Its three runways can accommodate up to 139 aircraft operations per hour, yielding very few delays.
For millions of passengers each year KCI serves as mid America’s link to the world. All major U.S. passenger airlines serve nearly every major U.S. city, plus destinations in Canada and Mexico. The carriers offer nearly 180 daily departures to more than 50 markets with nearly 20,000 seats each day. Competition among the diverse carrier base yields some of the lowest fares on flights in the region, with $194 each way being the average airfare. The airlines enjoy low landing fees and one of the nation’s lowest flight delay indices in the U.S. In 2013, KCI served nearly 10 million passengers and handled 194 million pounds of freight and 4.9 million pounds of mail.
In addition to airline ticket counters, gates and baggage claims, KCI’s terminals have a variety of news and gift shops as well as food offerings in local and nationally-branded shops and restaurants.
Ground transportation to and from KCI Airport consists of scheduled service by Super Shuttle and a host of on-demand shuttles, limos and taxis. There is a scheduled public bus service to the city center. All major rental car agencies are on-site, and are complemented by regional rent-a-car companies.
From the attendants at the economy parking lots to the managers of the hotels along Interstate 29, nearly 60,800 people owe their jobs to Kansas City International Airport. Those full-time jobs had a combined payroll of nearly $1.6 billion, according to a 2006 economic impact study of the airport. The study said that KCI pumped more than $5.5 billion into the area’s economy.
To increase the airport’s economic impact and boost airport revenue and lower costs for the airlines, the Aviation Department and its economic development partners use an aggressive economic development approach at KCI that incorporates a mix of aeronautical and non-aeronautical tenants and development. The successes to date are significant with aviation, green industry and other tenants becoming partners of the Aviation Department.
The 800-acre KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre, a multi-use development being managed by Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co., is ripe for development. The first tenant, Blount International, is in place and a spec building is ready for a tenant. The airport offers Foreign Trade Zone status and Enhanced Enterprise Zone tax initiatives. More information is available at kcibiz.com.
The KCI Maintenance and Overhaul Base houses aeronautical tenants including Aviation Technical Services, Jet Midwest, Frontier Airlines, ExpressJet and Republic Airlines. Smith Electric Vehicles assembles zero-emission all-electric trucks at the base.
For private and business aviation aircraft, Kansas City International Airport has a general aviation Fixed Base Operator on field, Signature Flight Support.
More information is available at flykci.com.