Ever since Kansas City’s plans for this year’s airport election came to a screeching halt in May, many have been asking: Now what?
Mayor Sly James says the city needs a new flight path. And, he now contends, it’s up to the business community to finally take the lead.
James argues that City Hall has presented the factual case for a new single-terminal Kansas City International Airport again and again for five years, but that even as a citizens task force recommended new construction and the airlines finally came out in support, opposition voices were always the loudest.
Business and civic leaders who supported the single terminal plan had from the sidelines assumed an election this year, but now they need to roll up their sleeves, said James.
In the meantime, costly repairs and improvements to the airport, one of the region’s most important business assets, still need attention. Those who opposed the new plan will be forced to develop a solid backing for a complete renovation instead.
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