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US Airways moves to Terminal C at KCI next week

Updated: 2014-01-04T00:09:32Z

By LYNN HORSLEY

The Kansas City Star

Terminal A at Kansas City International Airport will soon be closed to the public because the last of the airlines there will complete its move to Terminal C next week.

US Airways flights will begin moving from Terminal A to Terminal C on Wednesday night. Aviation officials said there will be a brief period Wednesday night when the airline will be operating out of both terminals at the same time. Travelers are urged to check with the airline ( usairways.com) or KCI ( flykci.com) for up-to-date terminal and gate information.

By Thursday, all US Airways flights will operate out of Terminal C.

Terminal A has been underutilized for several years because of airline mergers and consolidations. United and Air Canada moved from Terminal A to newly remodeled space in Terminal C in early November.

Once all the airlines are in Terminals B and C, Terminal A will be closed. Aviation officials estimate the closing will save about $1 million a year in operating expenses and $1.5 million in gasoline and other bus-related costs, but they say they will have a better understanding of the cost savings a year from now.

The building will still be heated and cooled to some extent. It will be cleaned less frequently, but security patrols will continue.

Airport employees will be reassigned so there will be no appreciable personnel cuts. But the garage and economy lot for Terminal A will be closed to the public once US Airways has completed its move and all existing parked cars have exited.

US Airways customers should know that if they depart from Terminal A before the move but return late Wednesday or after that, they will return to Terminal C. If those travelers have parked in Garage A or the circle lot near Terminal A, they should use the red bus to get back to their vehicles from Terminal C. Economy lot parkers should use the transfer station within the economy lot.

The decision to close Terminal A is not irreversible, and it does not mean the terminal will definitely be demolished, officials said. The city is debating whether to modernize the three-terminal complex or build a new terminal, but no decisions have been made yet.

To reach Lynn Horsley, call 816-226-2058 or send email to lhorsley@kcstar.com.

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