KCI renovation to get ‘second look’ amid airline dispute over costs

Disagreement between large and small airlines over how to split the cost of the planned new terminal at Kansas City International Airport is raising concerns about further delays for the $1.6 billion project.

In a statement Tuesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the city and airlines had agreed to “take a second look at the project scope.”

The airlines have not agreed on how to divide the cost of a $20 million baggage handling system. They must do that before the city can approve the airport overhaul and construction can begin.

Also, the Federal Aviation Administration needs to approve the environmental assessment for the project. That is expected by mid-December, officials said.

But the dispute over airline payments appears to be a sticking point, with smaller carriers Allegiant and Spirit expressing concern about project costs while larger airlines support the plan.

Geoffrey Stricker of Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate, the project’s developer, said it was too early to determine what effect further airline review would have on a construction schedule, which already has been delayed from the original projection of November 2021 completion.

James said the city would provide more information in January.

Read more: Kansas City Star, KCUR

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