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Kansas City International Airport reopens after record snow fall

  • Published Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 7:23 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 12:38 p.m.

Kansas City International Airport reopened early this morning after being shut down for most of the day Thursday due to the heavy snow.

“KCI reopened around 1 a.m. after a long, hard day of snow removal by our crews,” said Joe McBride, an airport spokesman. “The first arrival was a UPS MD-11. It reported good breaking on the runway.”

Passengers are being warned, however, that some flights could be affected by the snow storm. They are urged to check their flights status with their airlines or FlyKCI.com prior to heading out to the airport.

“Since many of the flights were canceled yesterday, there were not very many planes on the ground to fly out,” McBride said. “We have some cancelations this morning.”

But it is a huge change from yesterday when 74 percent of the schedule flights had been canceled by 9:30 a.m. The airport shut down shortly before 10 a.m. Only a little more than a dozen flights departed by 9:15 a.m., according to FlyKCI.com.

Today, 51 flights have been canceled as of 8 a.m. The first flight, according to FlyKCI.com, was a Frontier Airlines flight to Denver, that departed at 6:40 a.m., about 10 minutes late.

Of the flights canceled for today, a little more than 20 of them were morning flights.

Flights appeared to be getting back to normal about 8:30 a.m. today.

Kansas City International Airport officially measured 9.2 inches, breaking the snowfall record for Feb. 21. The previous record was 5.1 inches set in 2010.

The storm Thursday, however, was only the fifth highest February snowfall on record. It was the most snow since Feb. 25, 1993, which was 11.1 inches.

Passengers affected by canceled flights should work with their airlines to reschedule their flights.

| Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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