On Tuesday (Feb 28th, 2023), after five years of work, Kansas City International Airport (MCI) has opened its brand new state-of-the-art terminal. This beautiful $1.5 billion terminal consolidated operations into a new 40-gate terminal with the ability to expand to 50 gates. This new terminal replaces three outdated terminals that had been operating since 1972. The new terminal consists of two concourses (A and B) connected by a 635-foot glass walkway with a moving sidewalk.
Upon entering the new terminal, you can check in or go straight to security; once you clear security, you will be in Terminal A. To help speed up entry into the terminal, MCI Airport has 16 lanes, as well as TSA PreCheck and CLEAR to help expedite your security process. Southwest, Delta, American, and United operate the most flights to and from the airport, with 11 airlines operating or planning operations this year. One of the things you will notice in both concourses is the abundance of art throughout the terminal.
Note: there is also a new USO Lounge located in baggage claim area.
Concourse A is where you will find your departure gate if you are flying on Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, or Sun Country (starting service in May 23). This concourse also has some amazing features, including the Kansas City Air Travel Experience, which helps travelers experience boarding a plane, storing overhead luggage, using a lavatory, and getting seated. This is amazing for first-time travelers, those fearful of flying, or us #AVGeeks. This terminal also has all-gender and family restrooms, nursing rooms, and many food/drink options.
Southwest, Delta, Spirit, and United Airlines depart for the B Concourse. This terminal has many more amenities than you will find in the Concourse A, including the airports only lounge a Delta Sky Club. The concourse also has a nice Sensory Room that is free for people to use to relax before flying. This terminal also has an all-gender and family restrooms, service animal restrooms, and nursing rooms.
Gates and Boarding Areas
One of the coolest features is the glass jet bridge that are climate controlled and lets you see outside while boarding the flight. In the gate areas they have added lots of seating and high-top tables with wireless charging. The seats feature USB-A, USB-C (10 amps), and AC power, so you can charge your devices when seated.
With this modern and spacious terminal, I can see American or United opening a lounge in the coming years. This new terminal has almost every modern feature, with the exception of a public outdoor observation deck.