As construction continues, KCI prepares for holiday rush

November 18, 2019 - 4:44 am

As America approaches the heaviest travel time of the year, a lot of fliers wonder what that will mean at Kansas City International Airport, which continues to undergo major renovations.

The Transportation Safety Administration predicts nearly 27 million people traveling by air between November 23 and December 2 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Heavy  traffic will be a challenge for passengers at KCI, which is in the process of building a new terminal. The roads around the airport have lane closures and detours that may confuse a lot of people. The Kansas City Aviation Department is preparing for the influx of travelers, said Joe McBride, communications manager.

"We're making sure the lots are in good shape and enough staff for the Blue Bus that takes folks from the economy lot," McBride said.

It is always a good idea to arrive early, especially ahead of a big travel weekend. An estimated 400,000 people will travel on roughly 3,400 flights through KCI during the holiday period.

"A lot of activity and a lot of people going through the system," McBride said. "A good number of these people are not the seasoned business traveler that travels all the time."

Anyone can check for up-to-date flight information. The TSA website has helpful information, including a list of items fliers are not allowed to take onto planes.

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