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Your guide to the new KCI terminal

Here’s all you need to know about using the new KCI terminal.

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There are a few things to know before you’re hurtling along the moving walkways.

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Traveling by plane is fun — jet-setting over rolling hills and beautiful blue waters, taking in cloud formations, and landing in a completely different location in a matter of hours is unlike anything else.

The whole navigating the airport part? Less exciting, and sometimes pretty stressful. Luckily, we’re doing the heavy lifting so flying in and out of KC can be a breeze. We toured the terminal to help make your time at KCI as smooth as possible, and we created this guide that covers everything from parking and gates to food, drink, and nonstop flights.

Before you read on — bookmark or save this guide, so the next time you fly, you’ll be a pro before even leaving your home.

What to know

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First of all, look up when you enter the check-in hall.

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  • Website | This website is the key to the kingdom, it’s frontpage alone allows you to check flight status and parking availability.
  • TSA | Security check times will vary — 16 lanes are centrally located next to the check-in desks. Streamline the process with TSA PreCheck.
  • Map it out | If you’re like us and need to completely visualize a place before you step foot inside, this interactive map will get you started. Think of the shape of the terminal like a big “H” for “home.”
  • Food and drink | Between four coffee roasters, four barbecue options, three craft breweries, two food halls, and other local favorites, this terminal features 50+ food and retail options.
  • Flight status | While we recommend staying updated via your respective airline, you can also check the airport’s dashboard for your flight status in a pinch.
  • Reminder | By May 7, 2025, you will need a REAL ID to board commercial flights in the US.

Fun fact: KCI’s identifier code is actually MCI, which stands for Mid-Continent International Airport. That’s what it used to be called before the name change in 1972.

Parking, shuttles, and rideshare

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Are you a garage person or a drop-off person?

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Not everyone has a best friend who will drop everything to pick them up from their 3 a.m. arrival. Parking in the garage or surface lot is $1 for 30 minutes and $3 for 30-60 minutes. Prices increase by $3/hour (up to five hours in the surface lot and eight in the garage). The price per day is as listed:

  • Garage parking | $25/day
  • Surface lot parking | $18/day
  • Economy parking | $7.50/day

The new parking garage has 6,200 spaces, including 52 spaces for electric vehicles. Red light/green light technology hangs from the ceiling, indicating available spaces.
Hate the thought of driving yourself? Try out a shuttle, rideshare, or taxi service that will take you to and from the terminal. These services are suggested by KCI:

The new drop off and pick up zones — now on separate levels — have dedicated shuttle, rideshare, and taxi curb space. Here’s a map.

If you’re waiting to pick someone up, KCI’s cell phone lot is located at 680 Brasilia Avenue (also with electric vehicle charging stations).

Nonstop flights

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Air traffic control says you’re cleared for takeoff.

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KCI offers 54 nonstop flights 50 domestic, plus four international flights — to Toronto, Canada, Montego Bay, Jamaica, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico and Cancun, Mexico. Here are six nonstop flights to nearby locations.

  • St. Louis | Southwest | Daily | Two Monday-Friday, two Saturday, three Sunday
  • Chicago-O’Hare | American, United | Daily | See individual airlines
  • Chicago-Midway | Southwest | Daily | Six Monday-Friday, four Saturday, five Sunday
  • Minneapolis | Delta, Southwest, Sun Country | Daily | See airlines
  • Nashville | Southwest | Daily | Three Sunday-Friday, two Saturday
  • Austin | American, Southwest | Daily | See individual airlines

Remember that flight times and schedules will often change — you should rely on your respective airline for exact timing and to stay updated on any changes.
Bonus: Get lower fares by making a free account on Going. Add MCI to your notification list (you can add up to five airports on the free plan), and you’ll get emailed when flights are 40-90% cheaper than usual.


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It’s as simple as A, B... yeah, that’s it.

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These areas include the following stores and services nearby:

Concourse A | Made In KC, Lego store, Air Travel Experience, clothing, tech, and barber shops

Concourse B | City Market, Brookside Local, Turn The Page, Sensory Room, Children’s Play Area

  • Gates B40-52 | United, Delta | Everything Travel kiosk
  • Gates B54-69 | Southwest | &GO (powered by Amazon “Just Walk Out” tech), The Pitch Convenience

Food and drink

Picture of River Market mural at KCI

Is farm-to-airport a thing?

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See the full map, or check out our highlights:

A Concourse | Martin City Brewing, Meat Mitch, Parisi Coffee, Urban Café, Made of KC Food Hall, Smoothie King, Soiree Steak and Seafood House (featuring the American Jazz Museum + performance stage).

B Concourse | City Market Food Hall, Stockyards Brewing Co., Barbecue Experience, The Leagues Sports Lounge & Eatery (featuring McCormick Distillery + Negro Leagues Baseball Museum).

Fly comfortably

While we may not be able to offer solutions for crying babies or mysterious in-flight meals, we do have some tricks up our sleeves for upping your comfort while flying. Browse some of our favorite travel essentials:

  • Lights Out Sleep Mask | This eye mask provides optimal comfort and aids restful sleep amidst changing environments and varying light conditions.
  • The AirFly Pro | Make sure you can always access in-flight entertainment (while avoiding the wired headphones airlines pass out) by using an AirFly. It plugs into your seat’s headphone jack and connects to your earbuds or headphones via Bluetooth.
  • Trtl travel pillow | The Trtl pillow is scientifically designed to provide a better head position when sleeping upright, thanks to an internal support system comfortably cushioned in cozy fleece.
  • Leather Dopp Kit | Keep your essentials organized and easily accessible, ensuring hassle-free journeys wherever you go.
  • Bose Noise Canceling Headphones | These headphones are tried-and-true traveling companions, beloved for their crisp sound and ability to block exterior noise.
  • Cozy Earth joggers | These Oprah-approved joggers are polished enough to navigate the airport in, but comfy and stretchy enough for long flights.
  • Snacks | Bringing your own snacks ensures dietary preferences are met — plus, you’ll save time and money while traveling.
  • Anti-nausea wristbands | Some simple anti-nausea wristbands might relieve a nervous stomach or sensitivity to turbulence while flying.
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