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