Let’s be blunt, we have the nation’s most boring airport…
It’s all wrong for the most part. The best thing about our KCI dead zone is you can get on and off flights quickly. And that, in and of itself, does matter. Rarely are there lines or waits, even on holidays. However, the main reason for that is quite simple.
NOBODY COMES HERE MUCH.
We pretend to be a large, major city, but in so many important ways we just are not.
A city’s airport is kinda like a business card. Ours is boring, slow and all but blank. There’s nothing to do or see at our airport. You can’t even see much, if any, of what our city looks like. Not even as you land. The town looks dead coming into our airport – just like KCI.
Don’t you love it? There are no real restaurants or bars. NONE.
Yes, we have a dump off fast food place here and there…barely. and of course one Starbucks, which is always 500 yards from wherever you might have landed or come in at.
And there’s ONE bookstore that also sells gum and candy. ONE. For the love of….are you kidding me?
I recently flew in from Charlotte, not a city I expected to have much of an airport.
My God, it was hopping! Tons of places to eat, drink, shop – a mini mall. Nowdays most airports have all of this in some way or another. Except ours. People were actually in the airport bars in Charlotte watching the NBA playoffs, laughing, drinking and having some fun while waiting for their flights. And this was at nearly 11 PM on a Monday.
I picked up my friend at KCI this past Friday at 10:30 PM. The TV’s – at least the one I could find – was on, but only in the security area waiting for incoming or outgoing flights. So nobody from the public could sit and watch anything.
AND THERE WAS NOTHING OPEN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT.
Except for a small, self-serve pie and bread shop it looked like Zombie Land. No people.
Five years ago I said Kansas City was the slowest growing of all major cities in the top 30.
I was wrong. Buffalo, New York has us beat, but just by a hair.
Now KCI is getting a much needed facelift and will be redone into one big, new terminal.
Unfortunately, it’s more about security and the congestion of planes than making our airport modern like the others. I do understand. We’ve lost tons of airlines, routes – and hell – didn’t we used to be a hub for TWA and Braniff?
Those guys are done.
Today we’re a shell airport – empty, usually very slow, more of a stop off to change flights than a place to go.
We do have all those nice photos on the walls of the KC Zoo, 18th and Vine and more.
Wow, that’s exciting.
But Lord help you if you’re looking to get a bite or a drink anytime soon. Something halfway decent.
Pray that your next flight isn’t three or four hours late. The bathrooms are decent. You can hang out there, I suppose.
We have a beautiful city and there are many things to see and do. We just don’t promote it, never have.
Nobody knows much about Kansas City, unless they live here.
So an airport is important. It’s the first thing you people see when you come to our city and the last place they go when they say goodbye.
We can do better, much better.