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Kansas City International Airport
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Kansas City Aviation Department
Serves Kansas City metropolitan area (Kansas City, Missouri / Kansas City, Kansas)
Location Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Elevation AMSL 1,026 ft / 312.7 m
Coordinates 39°17′51″N 94°42′50″W / 39.29750°N 94.71389°W / 39.29750; -94.71389
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
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Runway Length Surface
ft m
1L/19R 10,801 3,292 Asphalt
1R/19L 9,500 2,896 Concrete
9/27 9,501 2,896 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers 11,850,825
Aircraft operations 116,963
Source: KCI Traffic Statistics
Airport from the east. The overhaul base is in the lower left corner of the field. The proposed Central Terminal would be on the left at the end of the runway.
Kansas City Overhaul Base in 2007
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 preparing to land

Kansas City International Airport (IATA: MCIICAO: KMCIFAA LID: MCI) (originally Mid-Continent International Airport) is a public airport. It is 15 miles (24 km) northwest of downtown Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri. In 2018, 11,850,825 people used the airport. 2018 was the second busiest year in its history. Its largest carriers are Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Both of them have many flights every day in Terminal B.

Airlines and places to go


Airlines Destinations Refs
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson

Alaska Airlines San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland

Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach

American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor

American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National
Seasonal: Charlotte

Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Cancún

Delta Connection Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Detroit, Salt Lake City

Frontier Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Cancún, Philadelphia

Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík

Southwest Airlines Albuquerque, Austin, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, St. Louis, San Diego, Tampa, Washington–National
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Panama City (FL), Pensacola, Portland, Seattle/Tacoma

Spirit Airlines Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach

United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Newark, San Francisco

United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles


Airlines Destinations 
FedEx Express Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Memphis

DHL Aviation Cedar Rapids, Cincinnati

UPS Airlines Louisville, Ontario, Orlando, Rockford


Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from MCI (April 2018 – March 2019)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 526,600 Delta, Southwest
2 Colorado Denver, Colorado 457,620 Frontier, Southwest, United
3 Illinois Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 309,890 American, United
4 Illinois Chicago–Midway, Illinois 273,410 Southwest
5 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 261,070 American
6 California Los Angeles, California 254,260 Delta, Southwest, Spirit
7 Arizona Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 234,300 American, Southwest
8 Texas Dallas–Love, Texas 234,110 Southwest
9 Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 223,960 Delta, Southwest
10 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 223,740 Southwest, Spirit

Annual Traffic

Annual Traffic
Passenger volume Change over previous year Aircraft operations Cargo tonnage
2006 10,569,590 Increase08.56% 178,466 Steady
2007 11,275,951 Increase06.68% 194,969 Steady
2008 10,469,892 Decrease07.15% 176,717 Steady
2009 9,774,972 Decrease06.64% 150,323 Steady
2010 9,912,203 Increase01.40% 145,752 Steady
2011 10,158,452 Increase02.48% 141,664 184,495.8
2012 9,749,507 Decrease04.03% 133,196 189,872.0
2013 9,644,264 Decrease01.08% 129,243 193,848.8
2014 10,166,879 Increase02.86% 126,460 182,844.9
2015 10,472,461 Increase02.91% 119,061 182,892.6
2016 11,041,750 Increase05.44% 122,844 203,860.0
2017 11,503,936 Increase04.19% 123,335 198,491.9
2018 11,850,825 Increase03.02% 116,963 205,505.0
2019 3,581,105 (through April) Increase01.05% 39,690 66,244.8
Source: KCI Traffic Statistics


Barack Obama with Jay Nixon (4800128016)
President Barack Obama walks with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II at the Kansas City International Airport on July 8, 2010.


The airport is near major highways Interstate 29 and Interstate 435.

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