Two Surface Parking Lots to Close to Make Way for New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport

Drivers Advised to Use other Lots if Returning Mid-May

On March 25, led by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James, the Kansas City Aviation Department, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, Clark | Weitz | Clarkson, organized labor and business representatives broke ground on a $1.5B modern single terminal, starting demolition activities of Terminal A. The project is dubbed Build KCI. The New Terminal will replace the aging three-terminal complex and be built on the site of Terminal A.

Prep work for Build KCI is becoming visible as contractors install construction fencing to close off areas to make way for demolition of Terminal A and construction of the New Terminal. Air travelers should be advised that two sections of the Circle Lots, E-1 and E-2 adjacent to Terminal A, will be permanently closed beginning in May. The Circle Lots are the surface lots that stretch across the lower levels at the entrances of all three terminals. The Circle Lots are NOT the garages that are in the middle of each terminal. 

In recent weeks contractors have installed signs to notify vehicle owners entering E-1 that the lot will be closed May 10, and that E-2, the lot between terminals A and B, will be closed May 14. The Aviation Department is notifying drivers with signs at the point of entry in case their travel return dates are after the closure dates. Travelers looking for on-airport parking may choose from other parking offerings including Circle E-3 and E-4, Garage, Terminal B Curbside Valet, or Economy. 

Any vehicles remaining in Circle E-1 and E-2 after closure will be relocated to a nearby lot. Drivers can retrieve their vehicles by calling 816-243-8019 or they can be transferred from the KCI Airport information line at 816-243-5237. Drivers will be charged the Circle Lot rate for the duration of the vehicle’s stay. 

Build KCI

At just over one million square feet, the Kansas City International Airport New Terminal, Build KCI, is the largest single infrastructure project in the City’s history. It will have a lasting economic impact on the region in the form of new jobs, opportunities for local and small businesses, and a first-class traveler experience for airport users. The facility will open with 39gates and the ability to expand up to 50 gates in the future. The New Terminal will also include a 6,300space parking structure, which will be constructed adjacent to the terminal building, a centralutilityplant, and landside and airside improvements. 

The Build KCI project is expected to generate up to 5,000 construction-related jobs. Sixty local partners are already at work on the project, including 41 minority- and women-owned businesses. The project will be funded using 100 percent tax-exempt debt – the most cost efficient approach for the project. 

When complete, the new facility will replace the airport’s aging terminals, which opened in 1972. The New Terminal will be built in the footprint of the airport’s existing Terminal A, which has been decommissioned. Interior demolition are underway with structural demolition to begin soon. The New Terminal is expected to open in early 2023. 

Additional details of the project are available at and or on social media at @BuildKCIand @kciedgemoor

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