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KC Aviation Dept. executives plan trip to Europe to land international flights at KCI

Posted at 5:28 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 20:14:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In December, Kansas City Aviation Department executives will travel to Europe with a small team to meet with executives from an international airline.  

The KC team is trying to convince the airline to offer international flights originating at Kansas City International Airport.

Deputy Manager of Communications at KCI Justin Meyer said there are three reasons the climate is right to convince an airline to bring an international flight to KCI:

  • Kansas City has a $10 million construction project underway at terminal C that would accommodate international flights.
  • Kansas City will have a brand new single terminal airport in a couple of years. 
  • Smaller 200 passenger jets are being used for international flights so an airline would not have to fill a 400 passenger jet to be profitable.

The trip to Europe is being paid for through fees at KCI and does not involve any taxpayer dollars. For privacy reasons, Kansas City executives are not revealing which airline they are meeting with or when the meeting will be held.

It could be weeks or months until the airline makes a decision on whether or not it will bring an international flight to KCI.