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KCI to offer new plan to cut down on curbside crowding

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It started with a complaint featured in KCTV5's The Rant Monday night at 10 p.m. about the frequent log jam outside Terminal B.

"D" wrote, "I have never, since this terminal was first opened, seen such a traffic mess at terminal B. I can only surmise that this is a result of combining Terminal A with B. I brought my daughter to the airport on Tuesday morning to catch a plane to Atlanta ... Cars were circling around the terminal several times to find a place to drop off their passengers. Is this supposed to be an improvement to our airport?"

Turns out the Kansas City International Airport is aware of the problem and has a plan to do something about it. KCI says it will soon be offering valet, a pickup and drop-off car service, which will curb crowded parking.

"Parking is just too hard to deal with," said Dennis Rasdall, a frequent flyer.

"There was only one, so it wasn't like it was easy to drive into and drive through like I like to do," Joyce McKay said.

Terminal B, where Southwest and Delta airlines are housed, attracts 60 percent of airport traffic, but only contains 8 percent of the parking. It's created a crowded curb and parking pain and airport authority points to Southwest Airlines.

"What they've been able to do is capture a large amount of business travelers and those business travelers are then parking in our B garage," said Justin Meyer with KCI.

They are doing that instead of the $7 a day economy parking where there are thousands more spots.

"As you raise your airfare, you're pricing out people who are more price sensitive - those that would be more likely to park in circle, or economy or off airport," Meyer said.

A new valet program set to roll out at the end of the summer hopes to reach the time-strapped traveler.

"Because we know when the garage gets full. We know when the garage is not full. What we don't know at this point is exactly what the demand is for that kind of service," Meyer said.

At this time, there is still debate about how well the service may be used.

"It's the convenience but it's the cost," Rasdall said.

"I don't pay for things I don't have to," McKay said.

The airport hasn't set an exact price for the valet service, but says it'll be under $30 a day.

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