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Airport Overview

Located on 695 acres, MKC can accommodate up to 700 aircraft operations per day. Everything from single-engine propeller craft to sleek corporate jets are easily accommodated and welcome.

MKC offers aviators 24-hour operations, from airport staff to air traffic control to fixed-base operators. Offered are Category I Instrument Landing System, full aircraft maintenance, hangars, self-fuel avgas, air cargo facilities, aircraft sales, leasing and charters, flight training and car rentals.

Contact Information
Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC)
Aviation Department Offices:
900 NW Richards Road
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone 816-859-7600

Airport Operations - 816-289-2718
Airport Security - 816-797-5268

Driving directions: The airport is immediately north of Downtown Kansas City and the Missouri River. Access the airport via MO 169/Broadway south or north on Broadway Ave.

Hours of Operation
24 Hours

Location
0 miles NW of Kansas City
Coordinates: N39-07.39'; W094-35#56'
Magnetic Variation: 5E

Fuel
Jet A • Signature Flight Support • Full Service Jet A •
Atlantic Aviation • Full Service Jet A•
Signature Flight Support • Full Service and 100LL •
General Aviation Terminal • Self Service

IATA Code
KMKC

Customs
U.S. Customs
816-584-1994
cbp.gov

Elevation
759’

Pattern Altitudes
1550 MSL all aircraft

Runway 01-19
6,827’ x 150’
Surface: Concrete grooved
Runway Lights: HIRL
Approach Lights: REIL/MALSF Rwy 19 •
REIL/ RAIL Rwy 01 RWY 01 VASI - RWY 19 PAPI

Runway 04-22
5050’ x 100’
Surface: Asphalt grooved
Runway Lights: HIRL
Approach Lights: NONE REIL both ends
VASI: Both ends

Lights
Beacon 24 Hours

Communications/Frequencies
UNICOM: 122.95
ATIS: 120.75
Approach: 119.0
Tower: 133.3
Ground: 121.9
CLNC DEL: 121.9
FSS: 122.1R, 122.65

Navigation Aids
DME
GPS
RNAV
ILS - Cat I

Weather
ATIS: 120.75 816-329-2850
ASOS: 816-471-2549
FSS: 800-WXBRIEF

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  • Downtown Airport was dedicated as "Kansas City Municipal Airport" by Charles Lindbergh on August 17, 1927. The airport flourished during the early days of commercial flight serving many airlines and as the headquarters for Trans World Airlines. By the 1960s, the Municipal Airport could no longer accommodate the larger commercial planes and increased jet and passenger traffic. Plans for a new airport, which became Kansas City International Airport (MCI), were developed and MCI opened in 1972. Since then, MKC has become a thriving general and business aviation facility. MKC's name was changed to Kansas City Downtown Airport in October 1977 and rededicated as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport on the airport's 75th anniversary in August 2002.

  • Airport Manager, Rod DeWinkler
    Rod DeWinkler studied business administration while attending Wichita State University where he was part of the University’s rowing crew team. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in marketing, Rod pursued his passion of flying and eventually earned his single and multi-engine commercial pilot’s certificate with instrument and CL65 type ratings. Rod has worked for three different airlines in roles ranging from ramp, ticket counter, operations and as an airport station manager. Rod began his career with the City of Kansas City, Missouri in August 2009 where he has spent all his time at the Downtown Airport. He began as an airport operations agent until he was promoted in October 2010 to aviation manager. In November 2022, he was promoted to senior aviation manager where he has been fulfilling the role of assistant airport manager.

    As the airport manager, Rod directs and leads a staff of highly experienced operations and maintenance personnel at the Downtown Airport. Rod establishes specific areas of responsibilities for producing operations and security training materials for airport employees, tenants, and construction personnel. On a daily basis, the airport management team collaborates with other City of Kansas City divisions to meet with tenants, engineers, contractors, and other government agencies to discuss, plan, organize or resolve issues of mutual interest.

    Assistant Airport Manager (vacant)
    The assistant airport manager assists in all facets of airport operations. This role is responsible for airport safety programs, insuring that runways, taxiways, and airfield conditions permit safe operations of aircraft and motor vehicles. Coordinates activities with crash-rescue and formulates procedures for use in the event of aircraft accidents, fires or other emergencies. Ensures overall airport compliance of FAA Part 139. Leads and coaches the operations department while maintaining the Airport Certification Manual and Airport Emergency Plan.

  • Please check the current NOTAMS and our Newsroom for up-to-date runway and taxiway closures.

  • Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) is currently undergoing a Master Plan update. Master Plan Studies must be conducted periodically at most U.S. airports in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations. A Master Plan is a proactive document that identifies and then plans for future facility needs to ensure that airport management can coordinate project approvals, design, financing, and construction to avoid experiencing detrimental effects due to inadequate facilities. The ultimate goal of the study is to provide systematic guidelines for the airport’s overall maintenance, development, and operation. The MKC Master Plan is expected to be complete in Fall 2024. More information is available at the project website, MKC.AirportStudy.net.

    As part of the Master Plan efforts, an economic impact study began in 2023 and finished in March 2024. This study showed that MKC supports nearly 2,800 jobs, resulting in $251 million in payroll, with the total regional economic impact surpassing $625 million. Read the economic impact news release.