Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is set to undergo a major overhaul after residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of constructing a new terminal. While details over the new terminal remain scarce, the terminal will cost $1 billion, funded in full through airport taxes. The new terminal will also replace the three terminals that currently comprise MCI.
In October, Edgemoor Infrastructure, which was chosen by the Kansas City government to lead the construction of the new terminal, released initial design schematics. The concept images show a huge two story tall fountain in the middle of the terminal that displays welcome signs to arriving passengers. The initial designs also include massive floor to ceiling glass windows, a plethora of retail options, and swooping ceilings.
Once completed, the new terminal will be a welcome upgrade for travelers who currently traverse the drab and dreary 1970s built MCI. Airlines as well will stand to benefit. Southwest Airlines has almost reached capacity at an airport that CEO Gary Kelly told the Kansas City Area Development Council “prohibits growth.”
With the construction of a new terminal, the Kansas City government hopes to provide a much improved airport experience for frequent travelers and visitors alike while enabling airlines to expand their offerings from MCI.