Airlines want changes to Kansas City airport terminals

Apr 27, 2016

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KANSAS CITY - Airlines serving Kansas City International Airport want to replace the facility's three existing terminals with a single terminal airport.

The Kansas City Star reports that the airlines tried to convince local officials and residents Tuesday that both the timing and the cost is right for the project.

Southwest Airlines' director of airport affairs Steve Sisneros told the City Council that the airlines have agreed to back the debt on a new terminal but they won't do the same with any other option for modernizing the airport. He said the airlines don't support renovations to the existing 43-year-old horseshoe terminals.

The City Council didn't immediately act on the recommendation and seemed divided on how to proceed.

A new terminal is expected to cost about $964 million.