Travelers who fly in or out of Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will be excited to learn that officials will break ground on a new $1.5 billion single terminal on March 25. The project is set to modernize and completely transform the current three-terminal layout. Despite the fact that the airport has nearly tripled its passenger traffic since it opened in 1972, the airport itself has largely remained unchanged.

The new terminal will offer 39 gates and one million square feet of space. Once the project is completed, travelers will enjoy close-in parking and a two-level curbside drop-off and pick-up area. It will also offer waiting areas at each gate, which will be able to accommodate more passengers. While the airport currently has three terminals, the new and improved one will take over the existing three. It's expected to open in 2023.

Groundbreaking ceremonies will take place at the airport on Monday, March 25 at 2pm Central Time. Terminal A will be demolished as that is where construction will take place. The airport will continue using Terminals B and C for flights. Southwest and Delta are the two dominant carriers at MCI, with Atlanta being the top destination.

Tim Cowden, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council, feels that a modern airport that is attractive to airlines and passengers is a huge advantage for any major metropolitan area. For this reason, the new terminal will have a modern look with all the amenities modern travelers have come to expect. The architectural firm that designed the new terminal also designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which at 2,722 feet, is the tallest building in the world.

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