The cheapest times to fly from MCI to CNS are

  • January 29th to May 20th (except the week of March 5th)
  • October 15th to December 2nd

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MCI to CNS is mid November. Prices can be as high as $9540 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $1437 for Wednesday flights around mid November.


When to Fly to Cairns

Flying from Kansas City, MO (MCI) to Cairns (CNS) will usually cost between $1506 to $2713 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid November with an average ticket price of $1487. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $3986. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2499 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1821 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MCI to CNS flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MCI to CNS route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

MCI to CNS Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MCI to CNS flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Kansas City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CNS, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into MCI. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Cairns, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Kansas City. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $174 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1844. Return trip prices are from the CNS to MCI flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MCI to CNS can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 19 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking MCI to CNS

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from MCI to CNS — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (MCI > LAX > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1356
  • Average savings: $465 (25.54%)

See MCI to LAX flights

Hack #2: Sydney (MCI > SYD > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1615
  • Average savings: $206 (11.31%)

See MCI to SYD flights

Hack #3: Hong Kong (MCI > HKG > CNS)

  • Price for both tickets: $1626
  • Average savings: $195 (10.71%)

See MCI to HKG flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MCI to CNS? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Air New Zealand, American, Cathay Pacific, Delta, JAL, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Cairns International Airport to Kansas City International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8517 miles or 13707 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MCI to CNS?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MCI to CNS flight is about 16 hour 19 minutes.

How many flights go between Kansas City, MO and Cairns?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 5 available flights from MCI to CNS.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MCI
Origination airport name Kansas City International Airport
City Kansas City, MO
Country the United States
Latitude 39.3
Longitude -94.7

Return Airport

Destination code CNS
Destination airport name Cairns International Airport
City Cairns
Country Australia
Latitude -16.9
Longitude 145.8


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