The new terminal will be built on the site of Terminal A, which has been closed for several years because of airline mergers. Terminals B and C will continue to operate as usual until switching to the new single terminal when construction is complete. The project is not a new airport. All three runways, various taxiways, tenant area/buildings and other numerous facilities on the KCI Airport campus will remain in place.
Although timelines can change with projects as large and multifaceted as a new terminal, the current expected completion date is early 2023.
Amenities will be accessible to passengers of all airlines. Just a few of the planned amenities include enhanced food and beverage options, local and national specialty shops with convenience and gifts offerings, centralized customer service helpdesks, performance areas, art installation opportunities, airfield views, inclusive play areas, nursing mothers rooms, service animal relief areas, military USO, premium lounge, gracious crowd circulation and flexibility for future changes.
The quantity and specific cuisine is still to be determined. What is certain is that a mix of local flavor and national brands is planned. The new terminal will also offer a variety of eateries with some featuring table service while others will offer grab ‘n go or counter/café styles. For more on the KCI concessions program, please click here for more information.
After dozens of studies and assessments in recent years, the airlines, in conjunction with the Aviation Department and airport terminal experts from across the country, have determined that it will be cheaper and better to build a new single terminal than try to renovate the existing three terminals. The existing space is too small and is the wrong configuration to accommodate larger planes, current security measures, covered passenger drop-off and pick-up and many other conveniences. The new terminal will have a two-level curbside drop-off and pickup-design, so there will be less traffic in the arrival and departure areas. A 6,300-spot parking garage will be adjacent to the terminal. Two moving walkways will connect gates inside the terminal. Each gate will have larger waiting areas for passengers. There will be room for more restrooms, restaurants, charging stations and other amenities inside the secure passenger area. The end result will be a modern terminal built to be flexible, accommodating and equipped to operate efficiently for decades to come.
The new terminal will fully meet all ADA regulations and guidelines.
Click here for information about the new terminal’s One Percent for Art Project.
Terminals B and C will not be affected since the new terminal will be constructed on the site of the old Terminal A. The interiors of Terminals B and C will operate as normal throughout the construction.
The only anticipated road change is the conversion of current one-way traffic near the terminals to two-way access. When the changeover occurs, travelers will be advised to slow down and arrive early for flights. Travelers can go to flykci.com for road construction information.
No, airlines are expected to operate as usual in Terminals B and C.
Travelers should arrive a little earlier for flights than normal since road access will be converted to two-way traffic with fewer lanes beginning Spring 2020. All travelers should arrive two hours before their departure time. As always, travelers are encouraged to continue monitoring their flight status.
If you are a construction subcontractor or subconsultant interested in being a part of this transformational project, please click HERE or visit cwcjv.com to ensure you are added to the list of potential bidders. If your company would like to be involved in the construction or operation of concessions, please click here. Artists wishing to participate in the Public Art Program can click here.
Yes, a 6,300-spot, multi-level parking garage will be constructed adjacent to the new terminal. There will be a 900-space surface lot nearby.
The new parking garage will replace all current garages and circle parking lots with plenty of room to grow. The airport will still offer Economy Parking as well as Park Air Express.