Modernizing the airport
The new terminal at Kansas City International Airport—designed, planned, and engineered by SOM with design-builder Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC)—is a state-of-the-art travel hub that will transform the existing airport. This 1.1-million-square-foot building replaces the original, overcrowded terminals, built in 1972, with a single 39-gate complex designed to expand to 50 gates in the future. The project significantly increases passenger capacity, and reimagines the passenger experience, embodying the region’s rich culture and elevating the airport into a place that is inclusive and accessible to all.
The I-shaped building encompasses two levels: the upper for departing passengers and the lower for arrivals, each with their own access road and curb. Check-in and security occupy the upper level just inside the entrance, and baggage claim, customs, and an outdoor public garden comprise the lower level. Beyond security, two parallel concourses with retail at the center are linked by a pedestrian passage that provides sweeping views of the airfield. All post-security spaces are on the same level—a design that creates an easier journey for all passengers.