How Kansas City International Airport prepares for winter weather

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Traveling can be a hassle, but when winter weather strikes it can be a nightmare.

From delays to cancellations, frustrations grow higher especially for those trying to reach a destination fast.

At KCI preparing for winter weather is a year-round process with training during the hottest months of the year. The overall goal is to have everyone trained on the equipment and processes so that when the weather turns bad, crews can get out and clear the runways fast.

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More than 50 pieces of equipment are used to clear the runways combined with a special de-icing chemical. This allows for crews to work efficiently to keep down the time of delays. The FAA requires airports of this size to have snow/ice cleared within 30 minutes.

When it comes to actually de-icing the planes that is up to the airlines. Each airline makes a decision on when to de-ice their planes.

While winter weather may be a hassle for those who travel, workers at KCI work around the clock in order to get you to your destination safe.

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Nicole Phillips can be reached at nicole.phillips@kshb.com. 

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