Airport study group recommends new terminal for KCI

Kansas City should plan for a single new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, because that would be cheaper than renovating existing terminals, airlines and a consultant told city officials Tuesday.

Renovation would cost more than $1 billion, while a new terminal would cost significantly less, a Southwest Airlines representative said.

A group to study possible alternatives for KCI has been meeting for a year and last updated the Kansas City Council in January. Since then, the group said, it has determined a new terminal would be the most cost-effective route for the city.

Other advantages of a new terminal, the group said, include a centralized baggage-screening operation and moving walkways, which are not possible in the current KCI terminals.

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