KANSAS CITY, MO – MetroAir Virtual Airlines announced today their plans to realign gates at the Kansas City and Baltimore hubs, as well at Ontario upon the resumption of service.
“We’ve worked out some great deals with local airport authorities. The Kansas City Aviation Department, Maryland Airport Administration, and Los Angeles World Airports have been great partners to MetroAir,” said COO William Hogarth, “By physically consolidating operations at MCI and BWI, we hope to improve both passenger experience and reduce missed connections.”
Following the closure of Terminal A at Kansas City International, both mainline and regional operations will move to Terminal C. MetroAir will be the sole operator in Terminal C, will all other airlines operating out of Terminal B. In the process of moving to Terminal C, MetroAir will have a net gain of six gates for a total of 22 gates (C61-C90, some gate numbers are skipped). All 22 gates are capable of handling Airbus A321 sized aircraft or smaller, while four gates are able to handle Airbus A330-300 aircraft or smaller. The four northernmost gates, C87-C90, are accessible to US Customs and will be used for international flights.Meanwhile in Baltimore, the consolidation of AirTran and Southwest Airlines has led the Maryland Aviation Administration to readjust gate assignments at BWI. MetroAir’s previous bids for gate allocation have been awarded and will see the airline’s domestic mainline and regional operations move to Terminal D. Terminal D is home to 38 gates (D1-D47, some gate numbers are skipped), 15 of which are built at ground level and will be used solely for regional operations. MetroAir’s international operations will remain in Terminal E. When MetroAir resumes service to Ontario, they will operate from common use gates at Terminal 2, leased from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).