Southwest Airlines Downplays Importance Of KCI Terminal Overhaul

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Southwest Airlines executives testified that market conditions, not terminal features, drive the airline's flight schedules. | Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons

Executives from Southwest Airlines, the main carrier serving Kansas City International Airport, indicated that a terminal overhaul project won’t attract more business. They said repeatedly in front of the Mayor’s KCI Advisory Board that Southwest’s flight locations are driven by market demand and not an airport’s terminal features.

The Southwest executives were invited to speak to the 24-member group charged with recommending whether Kansas City should move ahead with a proposal to consolidate KCI’s three terminals into a single, multistory terminal at a cost of about $1.2 billion or elect another option, such as repairing the existing structure for more than $645 million. The group is expected to make a recommendation in April.

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