Public hearing held to discuss new airport proposal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Do you think Kansas City should build a new airport? Monday morning, for the first time, flyers can voice their opinion at a public hearing.

The Kansas City Missouri Airport Terminal Advisory Group is holding a public hearing at 7:30 Monday morning in the City Council Chambers downtown.

Many passengers that travel in and out of KCI say they love the airport because of its convenience. But, supporters of a single terminal airport say while convenient the current configuration is not practical.

Current plans propose tearing down Terminal A to make way for a more consolidated single terminal airport.

Frequent flyer Michael Loy from Pittsburg, Kan., thinks it's a terrible idea.

"You need to reconsider and leave it just like it is," he said is what his message would be to city leaders. He said don't try to fix something that's not broken.

The advisory group made up of community members from across the Metro will make a recommendation in April of next year to Mayor Sly James and the City Council.

The City Council must approve any new plans regarding the airport's future. The public must also vote on any change requiring issuing bonds to finance the project.

Monday's meeting is on the 26th floor of City Hall in the City Council Chambers at 414 East 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. It starts at 7:30 a.m.

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  • Tim

    Isn’t terminal A empty now and going to be shutdown anyway? The three terminal system doens’t work with an empty terminal. While I agree that it is more convienent to be able to drop and pick up really close to the gate, an airport that is operating at only 2/3rds capacity is not going to be able to get new airlines in and wouldn’t be able to compete with other airports to keep the flights it already has. With the consolidation of airlines, KCI is going to have to adjust or become the downtown airport and then the conviencence factore won’t even matter

  • Idrenak

    This is a joke. We don’t need to spend the money on this. People don’t decide to fly in and out of Kansas City based on the terminals. This won’t bring any more airlines or passengers in or out of Kansas City.

  • kelly

    They have already pretty much closed terminal A and I would imagine it’s because they are going to do what they want regardless. This vote is only a farce and they will spend the huge amount of money to say that they are keeping up. They are not going to listen to common sense.