KCI Airport Geared Up for Busy Holiday Travel Season

KANSAS CITY, Mo., November 17, 2006 ? With the holiday travel season upon us, the Kansas City Aviation Department is reminding travelers that Kansas City International Airport (KCI) offers the most convenient and affordable travel experience in the region. And the rebuilt flykci.com web site is available to make travel easier even before passengers reach the airport.

The 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period is traditionally the busiest of the year nationwide. The Air Transport Association predicts 25 million passengers will take to the skies Friday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 28, and the Kansas City Aviation Department estimates 470,000 passengers at KCI. The busiest period will be Wednesday through Sunday, with an estimated 180,000 arriving and departing passengers through KCI. There are more available flights and destinations this year at KCI, and fares are affordable. This is evidenced by year-to-date passenger counts being up almost 10 percent.

?Airports will be very busy for periods of time over this Thanksgiving season and the best advice for travelers is to be prepared,? said airport spokesman Joe McBride. ?The airlines, Transportation Security Administration and the Aviation Department have no greater priority than the safe and convenient travel of our customers and we will work together to ensure this happens.?

The flykci.com web site was recently rebuilt. Flykci.com offers travelers the ability to search for and book airline flights, access comprehensive real-time travel, weather and parking information, educate themselves about the latest security requirements, access driving directions, and search interactive maps of the KCI terminals. Users can even sign up for email or text message updates on flights.

Here are some general tips for traveling through KCI this entire holiday season:

? Check flykci.com for real-time flight and terminal information for your flight or anyone you may be meeting or seeing off.
? Allow plenty of time to get to the airport, park and check in. If you park in any of the 25,000 spaces ON-AIRPORT you will save a few minutes. If you are picking up or dropping off use the free 30 minutes of free garage parking. DO NOT park at the curb.
? Be prepared for take-off. If you have any small items that are prohibited through the security checkpoint, use Checkpoint Mailers to mail it to yourself.

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Media Contact:

JOE MCBRIDE