The Kansas City Aviation Department owns and operates Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The Aviation Department's mission is to provide outstanding airport services in a safe and cost-effective manner for the benefit of citizens, visitors, airlines and customers. The department is an enterprise fund department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation or maintenance of the airports in the system. The department is led by Patrick Klein.
The Kansas City Aviation Department consists of the following divisions:
Accounting/Central Stores Division: Records all day-to-day accounting transactions, and prepares financial statements and miscellaneous reports as necessary.
Administration Division: Provides leadership and management oversight to the Aviation Department so that the delivery of safe, outstanding airport to citizens, travelers, airlines and all customers can be achieved through innovation, teamwork and continuous improvement. Manages long-term planning, finance and personnel requirements for Kansas City International Airport and the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Prepares reports, planning documents and other statutory requirements as needed by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Government, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Read about Director of Aviation, Patrick Klein.
Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting: The Kansas City Fire Department's onsite Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit is responsible for all airfield-related fire and rescue operations at Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. ARFF is a special category of firefighting that involves the response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in an emergency. Airport firefighters have advanced training in the application of firefighting foams, dry chemical and clean agents used to extinguish burning aviation fuel in and around an aircraft in order to maintain a path for evacuating passengers to exit the fire hazard area.
Airport Police Division: Provides protection and service to all persons and property within the jurisdictions of the Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Provides prompt assistance with and direction to the needs of the public and airport tenants through responsive and courteous interaction. Ensures the safe and orderly movement of traffic through effective direction and enforcement. Provides badging services to all airport employees and tenants through the ID Office. Regulates the operations of all taxi and limousine services. Provides additional informational and security related needs to the patrons, tenants and airport employees through the Airport Communications Center.
Bus Division: Provides safe and efficient bus transportation for the traveling public at KCI Airport. “Blue” buses shuttle passengers to/from the Economy Parking Lots. The “Red” buses transport travelers via a continuous circuit between Terminals B and C.
Commercial Development Division: Solicits, develops, manages and administers programs to develop operating revenue for the Aviation Department. Revenue is raised through airline agreements, concessions, ground leases, farming programs, car rentals, hotels, ground transportation, parking, building leases, etc. Also ensures tenant and employee compliance with City rules, regulations and contractual requirement. Works to promote the safety of employees and airport patrons while on Department property. Certifies the use of best faith efforts to achieve City-wide goals for inclusions of disadvantaged/minority/women business enterprises (D/M/WBE) in Department contracts.
Downtown Airport Division: Manages the day-to-day administrative, self-inspection, operations and maintenance functions of the General Aviation Reliever Airport to ensure continuous, all-weather safe and efficient operations of the airfield, terminals, hangars, fueling facilities, and public service functions of the airport in accordance with Federal certification requirements, City administrative directives, and Departmental policies. MKC offers aviators a 24-hour control tower, Category I Instrument Landing System, 24-hour fixed base operator (FBO), full aircraft maintenance, hangar facilities, air cargo facilities, aircraft sales, leasing and charters, flight training and car rentals.
Engineering Division: Directs the planning and engineering of both KCI and Downtown Airports' activities. The division manages the planning, design, construction and other services essential to implement the airside and landside projects to meet the needs of the air traveling public. The division also coordinates and provides oversight to the Department's Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Master Plans, Part 150, and ALP updates. The division processes and monitors contracts to ensure adherence to federal, state and local regulations and provides technical and CADD assistance to support the Department functions.
Facilities Maintenance: Custodial Division - Provides customer service while working as a team to make the airport a better workplace and a clean safe environment for customers.
Facilities Maintenance: Structural Division - Provides customer service in the provision of utility service, structural and mechanical systems maintenance services in all City-owned structures at KCI.
Field Maintenance Division: The Field Maintenance Division of the Aviation Department responsibilities include maintenance, repairs and construction to the airports’ terminal exteriors, airfield, streets, exterior lighting, pavement markings, informational and regulatory signage, landscape, and storm drainage. It is responsible for maintenance and repairs to video security cameras and access control components, audio messaging, radio communication equipment, operation and functionality of security gates, all airfield lighting and signage, commercial power distribution equipment, and concrete and asphalt repairs. Responsible for coordinating with the Engineering Division on construction and improvements to ensure results are acceptable and sustainable from a maintenance aspect. The Field Maintenance Division, in conjunction with the Operations Division, is responsible for all airfield snow removal operations during emergency events.
Fleet Maintenance Division: Provides vehicles and fleet services, which enhance the Aviation Department's ability to provide operations.
Human Resources Division: Provides a diverse, quality workforce by recruiting, retaining and training employees to better themselves and the organization. Responsible for creating, implementing and/or overseeing policies governing employee behavior and the behavior of the company toward its employees. Oversees all areas of Human Resource Management such as recruitment and retention, exit interviews, motivation, performance reviews, training, professional development, mediation, benefits and retirement. Strives to provide customers with excellent service and assist them with their personnel needs.
Information Technology Division: Supplies the Aviation Department, airlines and passengers, with technology services that are available, reliable and appropriate for the intended business purpose.
Marketing Division: Strives to increase demand for commercial air service to and from Kansas City by effectively marketing Kansas City International and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown airports’ services and facilities to existing and potential tenants, including both passenger and air cargo carriers, the general public and any other business entity that may directly benefit from utilizing the airport system. Some issues covered by the division include: public affairs, air service development, marketing and communications planning, branding, customer service, events, volunteers, social media, filming and photography.
Operations Division: Maintains the safety and operational efficiency of the airfield in compliance with Federal Administration Regulation Part 139, and serves as liaison for all KCI Airport tenants.
Parking Division: Provides airport parking services for the visitors, airlines and customers of KCI. Ensures the accurate and efficient collection of parking lot revenue through the use of a parking lot contract operation. Manages a frequent parker program and automated pay lanes. Public lot areas include Economy Parking, Circle Parking, Garage Parking and Park Air Express.