The Kansas City International Airport is closing one of its three terminals and that leaves many travelers wondering how the change will affect them.
U.S. Airways will move its operations from Terminal A to Terminal C starting Jan. 9. At that time, Terminal A will officially close to the public.
"Airlines have come and gone over the years," said Joe McBride, the spokesman for the Kansas City Aviation Department.
Since 1972 thousands of travelers have used Terminal A at KCI to get to and from where they need to go. That will soon change.
Because many airlines have merged, airport officials decided it was time to consolidate from three to two terminals.
"With the airlines, some of them going bankrupt like Vanguard, TWA being merged into others and now U.S. Airways and American going together, there is less and less need for the space that we are using and it costs a lot of money," McBride said.
To prepare for the closure officials already shut down a large portion of the terminal. It is already boarded up and, by the end of the day Wednesday, all of the ticket counters will be empty and the whole terminal will be closed off.
Airport officials expect to save about $2.5 million a year by closing Terminal A. But some customers worry it could impact service.
"To whittle it down to two terminals. It's going to make it more congested," said traveler Scott Taylor.
McBride says they don't believe that will be the case.
"We don't anticipate any major change or impact to the customer with this move," he said.
The move briefly impacted travel on Wednesday evening because, at one point, U.S. Airways was operating out of two terminals at the same time.
"We have electronic signs that in real time make changes to let people know where U.S. Airways is operating at that moment," McBride said.
Travelers in the airport Wednesday noticed the change right away.
"I thought there'd be more shopping here unbeknownst that this was transitioning," said Fanny Mandelberger.
While the businesses squeezed out the last few sales, travelers like Mandelberger snagged the last few items to remember the nearly 42-year-old terminal.
Flight 1948 to Charlotte/Wilmington, NC, is the last one to depart from Terminal A in the airport's history. But travelers are urged to check usairways.com or flykci.com for up-to-date information before arriving at the airport.
Customers who fly out of Terminal A before the move and then return on Jan. 8 should know they may return to Terminal C. If the travelers have parked in garage A or in circle parking near Terminal A, they can use the free Red Bus to get back to their vehicles from Terminal C. Economy parking lot users should use the transfer station within the economy lot.
If city leaders agree to build a single airport terminal, the new terminal would be built where Terminal A currently sits. If city leaders decide against the single terminal airport plan, the terminal would remain closed unless there was a need to reopen it due to airline expansion.
Below is a list of all flights that were/will be impacted by the move:
Jan. 8 Flight Schedule
Flight No., Time A/D, To/From Terminal
3235 5:50 a.m. Departure DCA A
641 5:55 a.m. Departure PHX A
1983 7:05 a.m. Departure CLT A
3273 9:43 a.m. Arrival CLT A
3292 10:25 a.m. Departure CLT A
3450 10:34 a.m. Departure PHL A
3949 10:41 a.m. Arrival DCA A
3839 11:10 a.m. Departure DCA A
2005 1:08 p.m. Arrival CLT A
590 1:34 p.m. Arrival PHX A
1891 1:55 p.m. Departure CLT A
2073 2:58 p.m. Arrival CLT A
599 3:00 p.m. Departure PXH A
2092 3:38 p.m. Departure CLT A
3399 3:40 p.m. Arrival PHL A
3377 3:52 p.m. Arrival DCA A
3446 4:10 p.m. Departure PHL A
3352 4:30 p.m. Departure DCA A
430 5:06 p.m. Arrival PHX C
1765 5:48 p.m. Arrival CLT A
1948 6:20 p.m. Departure CLT A
3399 7:50 p.m. Arrival PHL C
3243 9:30 p.m. Arrival DCA C
1964 9:39 p.m. Arrival CLT C
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