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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2009

KCI Airport offers cheaper, quicker alternatives for Des Moines, Omaha and Wichita travelers

Kansas City International Airport helps keep money in regional flyers’ wallets by providing more air service at lower fares compared to the airports in Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Neb., and Wichita, Kan.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Origin and Destination Survey for the year ending September 2008, the average one way domestic fare from KCI was $138, compared to $189 from Des Moines, $151 from Omaha and $175 from Wichita. Of the top 100 destinations from these four regional cities, KCI had the lowest fare more than 50 percent of the time.

Savings to key leisure and business destinations from KCI were even more substantial. According to the survey, a Wichita couple heading to Cleveland to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame saves an average of $497 by flying roundtrip from KCI. A business owner in Des Moines making one trip to Oklahoma City saves an average of $364 by flying roundtrip from KCI. A family of four flying roundtrip from KCI to Atlanta saves an average of $780 over the same trip originating in Omaha.

Additionally, flying through KCI enables travelers to reach 48 destinations nonstop, decreasing the chances of missed connections and allowing passengers to reach their final destinations more quickly. The airlines at Omaha and Des Moines offer 17 nonstop routes while Wichita has just 10.

“The 12 airlines serving KCI offer 150 percent more seats from Kansas City than Omaha, 460 percent more than Des Moines and 570 percent more than Wichita,” said Aviation Director Mark VanLoh. “KCI’s low fares and nonstop flights make it easier than ever for passengers to reach the most popular destinations. With convenient highway access and Economy Parking at just $5.50 per day, KCI is worth the drive.”

For more information about airlines, destinations and parking at Kansas City International Airport, log on to the Kansas City Aviation Department Web site at http://www.flykci.com. A grid detailing the latest fare report is available at http://www.flykci.com/Newsroom/TrafficStats/Index.

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 tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit http://www.flykci.com for more information.

Media inquiries should be directed to Joe McBride, public information officer for the Aviation Department, (816) 243-3164.

    
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