KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ten thousand community members were privileged to walk through Kansas City International Airport’s new single terminal building on Saturday.
Viewers had access to both the lobbies and features that will arrive on February 28.
Locals believe it has been a long time coming for an airport that proudly represents our people and culture.
As the city grows, they say ours should catch up too.
“We didn’t have what the other airports had in terms of convenience, but I think they’ll be like, ‘Oh, we should go to Kansas City,'” said Yolanda Parker, who toured the terminal on Saturday.
Serena Miller, a visitor to Lenexa, says she believes it will be a huge boost to Kansas City’s economy as well.
“We were just talking about how it’s going to open up Kansas City to so many more conventions, people coming in, and maybe hopefully new airlines as well,” Miller said.
For any Kansas Citian, one of the first things they might realize is the overwhelming local influence.
From the art ventures and installations, to the materials used in the construction, every decision was intentional.
To continue supporting the venue, Joe McBride with the airport says a KCI BBQ Contest will be held each year and the winner will be able to display their food in the center of Concourse B for the winning year.
“That historic part of Platte County, too, I love it, with the African American homage to them having this land and then building on this land,” said Edina Robinson, another visitor.
With parts of the airport still under construction and wrapped in plastic, KSHB 41 asked McBride what was left to do.
He said there are some finishing touches in the concession and airline areas, but they will do everything to make sure the first plane takes off from the new terminal at 5 a.m. on the 28th.
“We’re all you know, in times of crisis here,” McBride said.