Officials confirm new KCI terminal is cheaper than renovations

A Southwest Airlines flight lands at KCI. | Courtesy of jay8g/Creative Commons
A Southwest Airlines flight lands at KCI. | Courtesy of jay8g/Creative Commons

Cost estimates for Kansas City International Airport show that building a new terminal is cheaper than renovating existing terminals.

The Kansas City Council learned Thursday that building a new single terminal at KCI could cost about $964 million, while renovating two terminals could cost an estimated $1.04 billion to $1.19 billion.

Sheri Ernico, a consultant working with the Aviation Department, acknowledged she was surprised at first that renovation was more expensive than new construction. But she explained that renovation actually involves the complete gutting and reconstruction of two terminals to deal with federal guidelines. Meanwhile, a new terminal can be built in a more compact footprint and designed for more efficient, comfortable and cost-effective operations.

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