KCI cancels flights, advises advance planning if heading to airport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dozens of flights scheduled Monday night and Tuesday in and out of Kansas City International Airport were canceled because of a massive snowstorm that hit the region.

The city's Aviation Department urges travelers or anyone going to pick somebody up or drop them off at the airport to check their flight status before coming to the airport.

The airport rarely closes, but the Aviation Department could choose to shut down operations if safety becomes an issue. The airport was closed during last week's storm.

More often, according to the Aviation Department, individual airlines will choose to suspend service locally while the airport itself remains open.

According to airport officials, KCI has 15.4 million square feet of runways, taxiways and aprons, and over 7.2 million square feet of roads and parking area to keep clear.

Updates on air travel will be made on www.flykci.com , Twitter (@kciairport) and Facebook (search " Kansas City International Airport ").

Travelers heading to KCI over the next 48 hours should be aware of cold weather amenities such as heated bus shelters in the Economy Parking lot, covered parking garages next to the terminals, vehicle jump-start, and free WiFi in the terminals.

Customers can also use phones in the bus shelters or wait for roving Standard Parking pickup trucks for free dig-out services in all on-airport parking lots.

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