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KCI cancelling many flights for tonight and tomorrow.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that many flights scheduled for Monday evening and Tuesday morning at Kansas City International Airport have been cancelled due to the region’s incoming snow storm. The Department strongly advises travelers and those picking up/dropping off travelers to check their flight status before coming to the airport. Real-time flight status is available at www.flykci.com, on airline websites and by calling airlines’ phone numbers. They can also rebook directly with their airline, most of which may waive rebooking fees.

There is potential for more cancelled or delayed flights as the storm continues. If a flight remains on schedule, travelers are urged to allow extra time on the roads to reach the airport safely. Updates on air travel will be made on www.flykci.com, Twitter (@kciairport) and Facebook (search “Kansas City International Airport”).

At KCI as well as Wheeler Downtown Airport, it is the Kansas City Aviation Department’s responsibility to keep runways, taxiways, roadways and parking lots safe and free from excessive snow and ice. The effectiveness of the snow and ice control program is proven by the excellent records at both airports. There are times when the airports are open, but airlines choose not to use the airfields, usually as a matter of company policy or a judgment call on the part of the pilots. It is extremely rare that either of the airports is shut down due to an inability to clear operational areas. However, if safety were to be compromised, the Aviation Department would close the airport until conditions allowed for improved operation.

If flying through KCI Airport during the next 48 hours, travelers should be aware of cold weather amenities such as heated bus shelters in the Economy Parking lot, covered parking garages next to the terminals, vehicle jump-start, and free WiFi in the terminals. For free dig out service in all on-airport parking lots, customers should use phones in the bus shelters or await roving Standard Parking pick-up trucks. There is also a Phillips 66 gas station just outside the terminals which offers a variety of convenience products and services.

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 www.flykci.com  for more information. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Kevin Rippe

Kevin Rippe was born in Marysville and moved to Smith Center at the age of 1, then graduated from Smith Center High School in 1995. He graduated from Cloud County Community College in 1997, and joined the staff of KKAN/KQMA radio in Phillipsburg a year later. Since June of 2011 Kevin has been with us here at Your Country KNDY. You can hear Kevin on daily news reports, as well as calling area high school football and basketball. Kevin lives in Marysville with his wife Melissa, and 4 children Brennen, Jacob, Bailee, and Joshua.