Timeline: How we got to the KCI vote

Posted at 10:47 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 00:07:57-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a debate that’s faced Kansas City for years — whether or not to renovate or build a new airport.

On November 7th, Kansas City voters will finally have the opportunity to decide whether a new single-terminal should be built to replace the existing terminals at Kansas City International Airport. But getting the issue on the ballot has been a turbulent process. 

In 2016, Kansas City leaders aggressively tried to put the single-terminal on the August ballot. However, with limited public support, Mayor Sly James put the project on hold. One year later, he re-launched efforts for a single-terminal airport. 

After hundreds of hours of committee meetings, public hearings, and proposal reviews they city has agreed on Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate to build and finance the single-terminal if approved by voters. 

The proposed KCI single-terminal includes: 

  • 6.8 million square feet 
  • 35 gates with room for expansion 
  • 2-stories with ticket check-in at the top, baggage claim and exit on the bottom 
  • Parking directly across from the entrance with 6,500 spaces 
  • Restaurants inside the terminal 

Extended coverage:

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