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KCI topped 1 million passengers in May

KCI Airport had more than 1 million passengers in May, marking the third busiest May in airport history.
KCI Airport had more than 1 million passengers in May, marking the third busiest May in airport history. Kansas City Star file photo

Kansas City International Airport had more than 1 million arriving and departing passengers in May, marking the third busiest May since the airport opened in 1972.

The Aviation Department said 1,038,206 passengers passed through KCI’s gates last month. It was the 37th consecutive month of passenger growth, and was nearly a 4 percent increase from May 2016.

It was the first 1 million passenger May since 2007 at the airport and the busiest May since the years 2000 and 2001, which were the peak passenger years for the airport before the air travel industry was rocked by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“May’s traffic increase outpaced our airline’s seat capacity growth from last year, meaning planes at KCI are fuller than before,” Aviation Director Pat Klein said in a press release. “Additionally, the size of aircraft at KCI continues to increase, with 129 seats per departure at KCI last month.”

KCI offered service to 47 nonstop markets in May.

So far this year, the airport has seen 4.5 million arriving and departing passengers, up 5.4 percent from last year.

The passenger growth comes as the Kansas City community is debating how to modernize the airport for the future. The city is asking interested engineering firms nationally to submit their qualifications by July 27 to design, build and privately finance a new single terminal for the airport.

Lynn Horsley: 816-226-2058, @LynnHorsley

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