Episode 4: Secrets of MCI with KCMO councilwoman Jolie Justus

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In the fourth episode of COASTLESS, Melissa and Boyce talk about the benefits of using a stopover to both break up and enhance your vacation. They discuss some of their favorite stopovers, as well as some recommendations about how to find them and book them.

Next, they interview Kansas City, Missouri, councilwoman Jolie Justus. Justus currently represents the 4th district which includes Downtown Kansas City, Westport and the Country Club Plaza. She’s also chair of the airport committee for MCI.

They chat about how she caught the travel bug, some of the places she and her wife, Lucy, have visited, and about her experience of being on the first Icelandair flight leaving MCI.

Justus then discusses the importance of MCI’s new customs area and the convenience it adds for international travelers. She then goes on to talk about the next steps in the construction of the new terminal at MCI and how you can be part of the project’s new ambassador program.

Justus tells COASTLESS some of the strangest things people have requested in the new terminal and some of the amenities she’d like to see to welcome people to Kansas City. Boyce then asks her about some of the unique challenges of building new infrastructure in Kansas City. Melissa asks how the council stays nimble responding to new companies like Byrd disrupting the transportation landscape. Boyce then questions Justus about the need for an affordable option to transport people between the airport and the city center.

Justus reveals the secret thing you should look for when landing at MCI, as well as the importance of cows at the airport for your safety. Finally, she explains what nonstop service she’d like to see in KC, as well as how a London route might help them recruit new businesses.

You can follow Jolie Justus on Instagram and Twitter at @joliejustus.

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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