USA. The Kansas City Aviation Department and partners ICF and Phillips West are planning two Virtual Concessions ‘Meet and Greet’ events on 12 and 13 January amid concession planning for the US$1.5 billion New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport. The airport is seeking partners for its food & beverage and news and gifts concessions.
When it opens in early 2023, the facility will replace the airport’s aging terminals, which opened in 1972. The New Terminal will be built in the footprint of the airport’s existing Terminal A, which has been decommissioned.
The airport company said that the vision is to have a programme “that is customer-centric, provides a Sense of Place, engages useful technology and integrates a true spirit of Kansas City”.
The airport team planned on holding in-person events to bring together major national and multinational airport concessions operators and smaller players to discuss possible partnerships in the new terminal. Amid COVID-19 conditions, the team is working with virtual-reality platform The Echo by Event Farm. Participants can walk around a virtual room and network with other people. They can visit with vendors at their virtual booths and share their company’s brochure or other virtual media.
The Virtual Concessions Meet and Greets will be open on 12 January from 8am to 8pm and 13 January from 7am to 5pm. The Aviation Department invites interested companies to register at FlyKCI.com/Concessions. After registering, company representatives will be able to schedule private, 20-minute meetings with companies of their choosing.
During the Meet and Greets the Aviation Department will share information about the Request For Proposals and buildout processes. The City of Kansas City Human Relations Department will help with ACFBE or MBE/WBE/DBE applications.
“The airport is the front door to the community and the New Terminal needs to provide that sense of place for visitors and locals alike,” said Aviation Director Pat Klein. “The right Concessions Program is key to achieving this.”
The Aviation Department said it is striving to achieve the following goals: opportunities for local participation; no limits on how local operators participate; competition among locations; reasonable prices; regionally inspired; offer the highest levels of customer service; make use of cutting-edge, useful technology; and be unique.
At just over one million square feet, the Kansas City International Airport New Terminal, Build KCI, is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history. The facility will open with 39 gates and the ability to expand up to 50 gates in the future. The New Terminal will also include a 6,000+ space parking structure, which will be constructed adjacent to the terminal building, a central utility plant, and landside and airside improvements.
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