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Kansas City Officials Announce First Ever Transatlantic Flight From KCI


single terminal at Kansas City International airport. More than 100 people attended Thursday night's community design workshop, presented by Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, the team selected to design, build and finance a new terminal.


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For the first time ever, Kansas City will have a regularly scheduled flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Starting May 26, Kansas City International airport will offer direct flights to Reykjavik, Iceland on IcelandairDeputy aviation director Justin Meyer says the new flight will bring down European fares, and allow for easy connections to other parts of Europe.  The flight will be offered seasonally, from May to September three days a week.  Deputy aviation director Justin Meyer looks on as Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Icelandair's Micheal Raucheisen reveal the destination for Kansas City's first-ever regular transatlantic flight Credit Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR 89.3 Icelandair's Michael Raucheisen says if there's enough demand, they could expand their offerings.  "Kansas City is a perfectly situated location for travelers to and from the U.Sand is an underserved gateway in the international market," Raucheisen says.  Kansas City Mayor Sly James says Tuesday's announcement is an indicator of the progress the city is making.  "This flight marks the next chapter in our Kansas City developmentIt opens the door between Kansas City and global markets, it allows us to take our place on the world stage, where we truly belong," James said.  James credits the partnership with Icelandair, in part, to Kansas City voters, who overwhelmingly approved a the construction of a new, single-terminal airport in November.  "We weren't having this discussion before November," James says.  "They (Icelandair) know that there is a future coming here and it's a bright futureWhy not be in before it starts so you can have some advantages when it actually takes off?"  Meyer says Icelandair was one of multiple international airlines that had his phone buzzing on election nightHe says the aviation department is still pursuing other European destinations.  Icelandair will operate out of Terminal C, which is undergoing a $12 million improvement to its international gates.  Outbound flights to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) will start May 26, 2018 on Mondays, Wednesdays and SaturdaysFlights will arrive from Iceland on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  Round-trip flights are available now for around $540.  Lisa Rodriguez is a reporter and afternoon newscaster for KCUR 89.3Connect with her on Twitter @larodrig.  Tags: Kansas City International Airport (KCI)Sly JamestravelairportKansas City MissouriSpotTweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content Why Your Relatives Fly Into MCI, Not KCI, When They Come To Kansas City By Lisa Rodriguez • Dec 29, 2017 File Photo / KCUR 89.3 As the the winter holiday season comes to a close and friends and family fly back home, there may be a three-letter detail that you can't seem to reconcile while checking in for flights at Kansas City International Airport: KCIIf the name of the airport is Kansas City International, shouldn't the code — which is actually MCI — reflect that?  From Bigger Restrooms To More Parking, Residents Weigh In On New KCI Airport Design By Lisa Rodriguez • Nov 30, 2017 Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate Bigger restroomsConvenient parkingMore OutletsBetter food options.  Residents in Kansas City's Northland weighed in on what they'd like to see included in the design for a new, single terminal at Kansas City International airport.  More than 100 people attended Thursday night's community design workshop, presented by Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, the team selected to design, build and finance a new terminal. 

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