1st KCI Hearing Monday Night, North of the River
February 10, 2014

The first public hearing by the KCI Advisory panel takes place Monday night, February 10 at Oak Park High School, 825 NE 79th Terrace in Kansas City.
The hearing starts at 6pm and goes until 7:30.
According to a news release from the city, “Individuals testifying will be asked to sign in with their name and address and limit their comments to two minutes. This will allow everyone a chance to provide input,”.
The release also says, “Individuals also may submit written testimony to KCITerminalAdvisoryGroup@kcmo.org. Comments will be reviewed by advisory group members”

Other hearings:
– Monday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne Ave., Kansas City, MO

– Monday, March 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO 64130

– Thursday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at Johnson County Community College (Polsky Theatre in the Carlsen Center), 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210

Standing Room Only at Graves’ KCI Hearing
August 20, 2013

The hot debate over whether to build a new single-terminal airport to replace the current Kansas City International Airport brought people to a forum in Riverside Monday.

Rep. Sam Graves, a vocal opponent of plans for a new airport, led a discussion about the airport’s future.

The forum was standing room only before it even got started.

The three-terminal airport, which dates back to the early ’70s, is extremely convenient for travelers who start or end flights in Kansas City.

It’s less convenient for transferring passengers and its design makes operations and security much less efficient. People stuck at the airport during delays often have to leave a secured area to visit a restaurant or Starbuck’s.

It’s also not being used as much as it could be. Less than half of the airport’s gates see regular flights.

Airport officials also point to problems with cracks, leaks and water seepage behind the scenes that will be costly to repair and maintain.

The city has come up with a single-terminal design to replace the airport, but it’s had a tough time getting public support for it.

It didn’t find much support in Monday’s meeting. Only one person at the forum spoke out in favor of the single-terminal design, though most people acknowledged that KCI does need remodeling or renovations.

Opponents of the new design discussed its $1.2 billion price tag and the fact that a new airport would probably be less convenient.

Civic leader Anita Gorman helped pass bonds for Kansas City International Airport more than 40 years ago. She also opposes the single-terminal plan.

“There may be some changes that need to be made there, and I understand that,” she said. “But so far as the principal plan, I don’t think you’ll find an airport that’s better-liked any place in the whole country.”

The public group opposed to the single-terminal proposal, Save KCI, had petitions for people to sign before the forum. Save KCI wants any major changes to the airport to be put to a public vote.

A Kansas City task force is also exploring ideas and options about the future of the airport. It is likely to issue its report late this year or in early 2014.

Mayor Names KCI Panel Today
May 14, 2013

Concept for single KCI terminal

Concept for single KCI terminal

Kansas City Mayor Sly james is expected to announce a new panel Tuesday to look at the future of the KCI airport.
James says, “This is an ongoing conversation where the safety and satisfaction of Kansas City residents, in addition to those who visit Kansas City, needs to be taken into account,” said Mayor James. “Public input and involvement are not only valuable, they are absolutely essential to ensure KCI is a part of our economic growth now and well into the future.”
The City is looking at whether or not KCI should be remodeled, eliminating the 3-terminal arrangement in place today.
Aviation Director mark VanLoh and other say KCI needs to one to a single terminal arrangement that would be more efficient. The cost for a major KCI overhaul is estimated at $1.2 billion.
City officials are waiting for a review of the plan from the FAA.