Plans for new terminal moving ahead at Kansas City International Airport

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More details about a proposed addition to Kansas City International Airport are coming out as feasibility studies about the plan to add a new terminal continue.

The 41 Action News Investigators first showed you how hidden problems with the airport were costing airlines money and Kansas City flights.

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Airport Director Mark VanLoh presented a progress report about the evaluation process to bring a new terminal to KCI to the Kansas City Council during its business session.

Feasibility studies show that the site where Terminal A currently stands would be the least-expensive place for a new terminal. That location already has infrastructure like roads and fuel lines that would save $500 million of the project's cost.

VanLoh said airport officials understand that Kansas City residents love the convenience of KCI. He said their goal is to make the new airport just as convenient.

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One proposal includes separating taxi and bus traffic away from the curb where cars drop off passengers. There would be a centralized location for taxis and busses, making it easier for out of town passengers to find transportation. The airport would also have moving walkways and state-of-the-art baggage equipment.

Airport leaders also changed course on another part of the plans: Tearing down terminals B and C. Now, they hope to tear down terminal B and build longterm parking where travelers could quickly walk to the terminal. They also are exploring the option of keeping Terminal C as office space.

VanLoh said several businesses have contacted him expressing interest in renting space in Terminal C. He said the amount of parking -- plus proximity to the airport -- makes Terminal C an attractive office location for some businesses.

VanLoh said he also would like to explore the possibility of moving the Airline History Museum to Terminal C.

The feasibility study is not expected to be finished until Jan. 2013. Airport officials hope they can then hold public comment sessions and select an architect in summer 2013.

The project is expected to cost $1.2 billion. It would be paid for with airline and passenger fees -- not local taxpayer money.

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