KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:39 am

swid wrote:New Orleans was the 37th-busiest airport (by number of passenger boardings) in the US last year...KCI was #38.

There was an article in the Star a couple years ago noting that about 300 people/day go from KCI to Europe in the summer season.


Yea, one of the bigger hurdles (to landing TATL flights) is the customs and border protection clearance area needs to be overhauled. The airport is currently working on re-doing that area of the airport.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby brewcrew1000 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:13 am

I think KCI is a good spot for British Airways service due to all the routes we have with AA and Alaska. BA is a code share partner with AA and Alaska which gives would give us the ability to pick up passengers from SEA,LAX,PDX,PHX and even DFW to make this route work. Even though all those cities have nonstop service to London if prices are much cheaper people will pick the option to connect in KC.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby bobbyhawks » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:21 am

Maybe I don't understand the industry well enough, but I think it is a joke to expect anyone like BA to be interested in KC given the current airport setup (not just for customs, but in general). BA and most other internationally focused airlines normally setup in a place that has decent in-security layover shopping and dining options, along with a lounge for higher tier flyers. Simply reconfiguring the customs entry won't solve the problem, and the current wide-terminal setup will be a hindrance to future growth. KCI is great for a few charter flights a year to Mexico, but it is totally not equipped to handle direct overseas flights and the connections to other US cities that are part and parcel of that.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:39 pm

bobbyhawks wrote:Maybe I don't understand the industry well enough, but I think it is a joke to expect anyone like BA to be interested in KC given the current airport setup (not just for customs, but in general). BA and most other internationally focused airlines normally setup in a place that has decent in-security layover shopping and dining options, along with a lounge for higher tier flyers. Simply reconfiguring the customs entry won't solve the problem, and the current wide-terminal setup will be a hindrance to future growth. KCI is great for a few charter flights a year to Mexico, but it is totally not equipped to handle direct overseas flights and the connections to other US cities that are part and parcel of that.


This is accurate. I am not sure what all the re-configuring entails but it will be done with attracting carriers like BA in mind. Obviously if the city moves forward with a new terminal or extensive renovation to current set-up, the customs area will be completely re-done.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:46 am

Due to slot allocation restrictions, Southwest will be discontinuing Orange County - KC on 1/15/17. Kind of a bummer as this flight was always packed.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby brewcrew1000 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:07 am

Kind of a bummer, that route did not last very long. I remember when Midwest Express had that same route about 12 Years ago.

The KC to LA market has just really dropped in price since Spirit has come on board. You easily book Roundtrips on Spirit and SW for under 100 bucks at various times. Delta and American have non stops as well so its a pretty saturated route.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby brewcrew1000 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:57 am

I really think we see service from Europe in the next couple years. Today WOW Airlines is announcing nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Iceland. Its a an ultra low cost carrier that has been expanding like crazy. Norwegian is another cheap airlines that has been expanding like crazy. Both of these airlines will offer cheap connecting service to Western Europe.

I don't see why not, Pittsburgh has a very similar metro size as KC, this flight would also pull in people from Omaha, Des Moines, Springfield and Wichita.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby flyingember » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:16 am

We've been saving for a trip to Europe. I would seriously consider any direct flight no matter where it ended over changing planes. Would even tailor the trip around where they fly to.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby shinatoo » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:54 am

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:25 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:I really think we see service from Europe in the next couple years. Today WOW Airlines is announcing nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Iceland. Its a an ultra low cost carrier that has been expanding like crazy. Norwegian is another cheap airlines that has been expanding like crazy. Both of these airlines will offer cheap connecting service to Western Europe.

I don't see why not, Pittsburgh has a very similar metro size as KC, this flight would also pull in people from Omaha, Des Moines, Springfield and Wichita.


I think some of it has to do with our outdated customs facility. It isn't large enough to enplane and deplane passengers simultaneously. It does sound like the airport has met with at least one, if not both of these carriers.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby brewcrew1000 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:48 pm

hartliss wrote:
brewcrew1000 wrote:I really think we see service from Europe in the next couple years. Today WOW Airlines is announcing nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Iceland. Its a an ultra low cost carrier that has been expanding like crazy. Norwegian is another cheap airlines that has been expanding like crazy. Both of these airlines will offer cheap connecting service to Western Europe.

I don't see why not, Pittsburgh has a very similar metro size as KC, this flight would also pull in people from Omaha, Des Moines, Springfield and Wichita.


I think some of it has to do with our outdated customs facility. It isn't large enough to enplane and deplane passengers simultaneously. It does sound like the airport has met with at least one, if not both of these carriers.


Not really sure but if we have daily nonstop to Toronto and 2-3 day a weeks flights to Mexico, then I'm sure we can have 2-3 flights a week to Iceland

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby pash » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:16 pm

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:35 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:
hartliss wrote:
brewcrew1000 wrote:I really think we see service from Europe in the next couple years. Today WOW Airlines is announcing nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Iceland. Its a an ultra low cost carrier that has been expanding like crazy. Norwegian is another cheap airlines that has been expanding like crazy. Both of these airlines will offer cheap connecting service to Western Europe.

I don't see why not, Pittsburgh has a very similar metro size as KC, this flight would also pull in people from Omaha, Des Moines, Springfield and Wichita.


I think some of it has to do with our outdated customs facility. It isn't large enough to enplane and deplane passengers simultaneously. It does sound like the airport has met with at least one, if not both of these carriers.


Not really sure but if we have daily nonstop to Toronto and 2-3 day a weeks flights to Mexico, then I'm sure we can have 2-3 flights a week to Iceland


Check out this Brookings study from a few years back. This will give you a feel for where passengers from KC are headed internationally.

https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/ ... n-america/

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:15 pm

Southwest starting one non-stop flight between KC and Austin, beginning March 13, 2017.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:47 am

Good article from Routes (UK Publication) on MCI:

http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/bre ... gn=the-hub

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby WSPanic » Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:58 pm

Interesting article.

Glad they used a picture of downtown airport with skyline behind it. Looks better than KCI.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:38 pm

MCI - Pensacola, FL returns this summer on Southwest. The route will be flown daily as opposed to Saturday only.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:25 am

Allegiant begins seasonal flights to Destin/Ft. Walton Beach on on 5/3.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby hartliss » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:46 pm

For those of you who fly to San Francisco on United, beginning this summer their early AM flight will be on a 737-800 vs. a regional jet.

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Re: KCI Flight Schedule Adjustments

Postby DaveKCMO » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:30 pm

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... leigh.html

Starting March 13, Southwest Airlines will begin offering daily nonstop service between Kansas City International Airport and Austin, Texas.


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