For New KCI Terminal Plan, Vocal Opposition Arises Quickly

Kansas City International Airport | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A proposal to replace three aging terminals at Kansas City International Airport with a single new terminal has met stiff opposition that could kill the project before it gets off the ground.

A small group launched a petition drive just more than a week ago that aimed to keep the single-terminal proposal from progressing. The petition was ruled legally invalid, but it’s just one example of the public backlash that has shocked some political observers and council members.

The City Council voted 9-3 on April 11 to continue planning for a new airport terminal to make sure the project is warranted and affordable, and public hearings on the issue are scheduled for May. But preliminary polling and opposition from the likes of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, the Show-Me Institute and grassroots groups are signs of a tough road ahead for the airport plan.

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