Justin Meyer, Kansas City International Airport

Episode 1: Landing Flights With Justin Meyer

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In this inaugural episode of the podcast, Midwesterners Melissa Yeager and Boyce Richardson introduce themselves and discuss how they got into international travel. They hesitantly discuss their use of the app “been” which keeps track of how many countries they’ve visited, their favorite destination, and the destination that most surprised them.

They then introduce Justin Meyer, Deputy Director of Aviation with Kansas City International Airport, to the podcast. Meyer discusses in-depth how he ended up in this position where he helps recruit airlines to provide service to Kansas City.

Meyer gives insight into what it took to bring the new Icelandair transatlantic flight to Kansas City, why there was a big opportunity for transatlantic service in the Midwest, and what other destinations might be on the horizon for Kansas City. We also learn why it feels like baggage takes forever to get at MCI.

Finally, the podcast discusses what “convenience” features we’ll see in the new terminal. Meyer explains why he will “die on the hill” for bathroom doors that swing out while tolerating Richardson’s campaign for a Chili’s Too in the new terminal.

Our graphic is thanks to the fine folks at Mind + Matter.

Our music is Clap Guitar Rock 4 by AudioDragon licensed through Audiojungle.

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