Kansas City’s new airport will officially open on Feb. 28, but Landmark cameras got a peek at the new facility in recent days. One of the scenic highlights of the interior is this artificial fountain with motion lighting.
Construction of the $1.5 billion New Terminal began in March of 2019. The single terminal replaces the three original horseshoe-shaped structures, which date back to the airport’s opening in 1972.
The design of the new airport features dedicated arrival and departure levels, consolidated security checkpoints and moving walkways. A walkway between Node A and Node B of the airport features historical photos and displays, including some specific to Platte County. Concessions include up to 50 different restaurants and shops arranged around specific areas of Kansas City such as City Market, 18th and Vine and the Stockyards.
The new airport will open with 39 operating gates, with room to expand for many more. It features glass passenger boarding bridges. An adjacent covered parking garage has over 6,300 spaces.
The Feb. 28 opening is just in time for the city to host events such as the 2023 NFL Draft and the NCAA March Madness Regional Tournament. Airport officials estimate the New Terminal will almost double the current airport’s passenger capacity, from 30,000 to more than 50,000 passengers daily.