New ‘smart’ Kansas City airport terminal to create 5,000 construction jobs
By Andy BrownSeptember 08, 2021
Improving passenger experience through technology is one of the primary goals of work being done on Kansas City International Airport’s New Terminal project, called Build KCI. It also aims to create 5,000 construction-related jobs.
The new terminal is the largest infrastructure project in Kansas City’s history, according to BuildKCI.
Siemens and SITA (IT provider for the air transport industry), are said to be providing the Kansas City Aviation Department with future-proof, scalable technologies for Build KCI. The goal is to produce a ‘smart’ terminal that uses automation to improve passenger experience.
The new one-million-square-foot terminal with 39 gates will include a variety of building automation, fire and life safety systems, and security systems from Siemens as well as IT networks and next-generation airport systems from SITA.
“Siemens and SITA are providing the virtual and physical infrastructure that will ensure Kansas City International Airport’s New Terminal is equipped to deliver an exceptional journey for our passengers; one built on innovation, industry expertise and a true understanding of what travelers want today and into the future,” said Kansas City‘s director of aviation, Pat Klein.
Integrating different airport systems has enabled data sharing across the airport ecosystem. Next-generation passenger touchpoints such as touchless kiosks, flight information display systems and video walls that provide a more intuitive journey will be integrated throughout the new terminal.
The current expected completion date is early 2023.