May Air Traffic at KCI Decreases Nearly 90% Compared to 2019
If you're like me, traveling across the country by air is something I'm still not sure about. I know the airlines are doing their part to keep everything sanitized and to follow guidelines to insure the public's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has definitely caused a drop in travel through Kansas City International (KCI).
In a report from the City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department, 114,541 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport’s gates in May, a 89.3 percent decrease from May 2019.
According to the news release:
Passenger boardings were down 89.3 percent, with a total of 58,337 boarded. For the year to date, total passengers in and out total 2,253,655, down 51.4 percent. Year-to-date passenger boardings are 1,117,333, down 52.2 percent.
Pat Klein, director of aviation at KCi states that the number of passengers traveling through the airport are starting to increase as stay-at-home restrictions are being lifted.
Klein goes on to say:
“The Kansas City International Airport team remains focused on providing a clean and safe facility for both passengers and employees.”
On the website flykci.com, a statement was made concerning the coronavirus-
The Kansas City Aviation Department is dedicated to providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for our travelers and employees at Kansas City International Airport. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Department leaders are in close contact with the Kansas City Health Department and other expert agencies. If there are any related developments, the Department supports those agencies’ efforts.
Currently construction is continuing of a $1.5B modern single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. The new terminal is expected to open in early 2023.