Kansas City International Airport Has Third Busiest Year in History

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 11,503,936 passengers traveled through Kansas City International Airport in 2017, up 4.2 percent from 2016.  December totals were up 1.9 percent from 2016 figures, with 914,509 passengers arriving and departing through KCI’s gates during the month. December passenger boardings were up 1.1 percent, with a total of 461,842, and up 4.1 percent for the year with 5,751,191 passengers enplaned in 2017. 

“2017 finished as Kansas City International Airport’s third busiest in our 45 year history,” said Kansas City Director of Aviation Pat Klein. “This past year brought new carriers, new nonstop destinations and competitive air fares. Kansas City-area flyers responded by traveling more than at any point since 2001.” 

Air cargo tonnages, which consist of both freight and mail transported by air, for all carriers at KCI were down 3.2 percent in December with a total of 19.6 million pounds handled. For the year, 207.6 million pounds were handled, down 1.3 percent. Air freight handled at KCI during December amounted to 18.8 million pounds, which represents a year-over-year decrease of 3.7 percent. For 2017, air freight was down 2.6 percent with a total of 198.5 million pounds handled. Air mail for December was up 10.3 percent from December 2016 with 779,506 pounds handled. Air mail was up 39.0 percent for the year with 9.2 million pounds handled. 

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for December 2017 was 166. Service was offered to 49 nonstop markets. There was an average of 37,494 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day. The all-cargo carriers reported 9 daily departures for December. 

The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general fund tax revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit flykci.com for more information. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Year

Annual Passengers

2000

            11,910,654

2001

            11,601,958

2017

            11,503,609

1999

            11,490,551

2007

            11,276,383

1997

            11,060,227

2016

            11,041,750

1998

            10,954,527

2006

            10,569,590

2015

            10,471,141

2008

            10,469,524

2011

            10,400,854

2014

            10,166,879

2010

            10,156,260

1996

            10,017,451

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