UALbrat From United States of America, joined May 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3078 times:
Looking at diagrams of MCI -- I'll be making my first visit to this airport next month -- it appears to have been designed in a similar manner to DFW, the semicircular terminals with parking at the core.
From the vantage point of the arriving/departing passenger, how is it? I don't have to transfer there but it looks as though that could be an unpleasant experience, much like DFW can be.
Emirates747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3027 times:
MCI is nowehere close to being as big as DFW, making transfers between terminals fairly quick and painless. There are shuttles plying between the terminals every few minutes, and shuttle pick-up and drop-off points are well marked.
I used MCI quite a lot when I went to college close to Kansas City, and it's design makes getting from the car at the curbside to the airline gate (and vice versa) so easy and quick. If you are picking up passengers, you can drive in circles past the semi-circular terminals, and almost see people walk out of the airbridges! There was one flight (pre-September 11, of course) where I went from being dropped off curbside, to pushback on the airplane, in less than 10 minutes (I had pre-assigned boarding passes and only a small carry on bag). I don't think you can do that at any other mid-size airport anywhere else!
JT8D727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3006 times:
D/FW's design, I believe, was actually inspired by MCI's layout but on a much larger scale. The mindset then was to shorten the distance between the parking lot and the boarding gates so the weary traveler could deplane and conveniently be behind the wheel of his car in a very short amount of time... H A !!!!!!!
(again) H A !!!!!!! flash to the future only to
find Mr Weary D'Traveler parking at terminal B, gate 1 and arriving at terminal C, gate 35...
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2985 times:
Exactly, MCI came before DFW. It also came before security screening so it is a little awkward because it had to be retrofitted. There is a security checkpoint for every couple of gates. Post 9-11, it is now probably the closest non passengers can get to the gate at any major airport. Meet and greet is no different because passengers just walked right out into the non-secure area right out of the gate. It's not as claustrophobic as DFW is because the ceiling is higher.
Some people don't like the design because there are no services beyond security. Boo Hoo. Are you there to shop or fly on a plane? There's a few food options if you really need something to eat. Not much more than what is really necessary.
Emirates747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2981 times:
Talking of services at MCI, there is always the haute cusine option: Burger King in terminal (I have forgotten which one!!! A testament to the fact that beer kills brain cells!)
This is what I used the shuttles for the most; to find which terminal had the burger king, get a bite to eat, and then check in for my flight. This is very important step if you are flying out of MCI. You'd be lucky of you got a cold sandwich and an apple on a flight out of here!!
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2970 times:
Of all the airports, MCI is the one I use the most (I live about two hours from MCI) My big tip to you, use the restroom before you go through security, even if you don't have too! Especially if you are like me and don't like to go on the plane.
My last trip I went through security about an hour before my scheduled departure followed by a three hour flight, anyway, I don't think I need to tell the rest of the story.
Yeah, the security layout is a pain in the butt, but when you get off a flight at 1:30 in the morning and within 45 seconds of stepping off the plane you are on a shuttle headed for satellite parking it becomes much appreciated
By the way, when you say that you went to college near Kansas City Emirates747 I hope you don't mean the Junior College of Lawrence. Just Kidding. Go Tigers!!!
Staggerwing From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 95 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2929 times:
MCI is currently undergoing it's first remodelling since it was built 30 years ago. The complaints about the lack of restrooms and restaurants are being addressed. The first remodelled portion of the airport is scheduled to open sometime next month. Go to http://www.iflykansascity.com for details about the project.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4418 posts, RR: 35 Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2921 times:
I used to attend college in Lawrence, KS and used MCI (no, I did not go to the junior college, I went to KU ). I never liked MCI's layout. You have to hike if there's a gate change, or ride to another terminal. MCI is not a grand gateway, and its terminal is terrible for spotting or photography.
And the one really neat distinctive thing about MCI--the wooden parquet floors--are being ripped up as part of the renovation. One either likes MCI or one doesn't; I don't.
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2911 times:
You went to KU!! And to think I respected your postings. Just kidding. I'm a senior at Mizzou so I have to make the jokes. I got my best laugh on a flight last time I was landing at MCI and I was sitting next to a KU grad student. When the landing gear extended she got this look on her face and started to grab the seat as tight as possible. I just couldn't help but bust out hysterically
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2902 times:
>You have to hike if there's a gate change, or ride to another terminal.
When don't you have to hike. How often does this happen anyway? No one airline at MCI uses two different terminals (???).
>its terminal is terrible for spotting or photography
Boo Hoo. Post 9-11, EVERY terminal is terrible for spotting or photography to non passengers. Since the vast majority of MCI's traffic is O & D, it's not like there are a bunch of people who'd like to be spotting to kill time during a connection.
I'm with you on the wood floors though. I will miss those.
Emirates747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2890 times:
Rock Chalk Jayhawk, LV, and DCA-ROC guy!! Although I try not to say this too much, come football season
One of the most outstanding things about arriving at MCI (or at least used to be a fw years ago) was that if you had spent any time in a city like New York, and then flew into Kansas City, you knew that you were out in the prairies. There was no mistaking that! Open fields, a quiet airport, wide roads with a car here or a car there, or maybe none at all! Compare that to the drive to EWR or LGA from Manhattan, or if you are really unlucky, from any detroit suburb to DTW!!