Kansas City’s aviation planners and airlines are focusing on a single new terminal as the cheapest and best option for Kansas City International Airport’s long-term future, but Kansas City-based Crawford Architects has proposed an alternative, more economical plan.
The concept calls for renovating and doubling the width of much of Terminal A, to provide space for two high-capacity security checkpoints, three baggage reclaim areas, retail and concession areas on the secure side, and 18 or 19 gates, plus adding new floors to the existing close-in parking garage, at an estimated cost of $335.6 million. Additionally, the plan would keep the existing horseshoe configuration that many residents and travelers appreciate for convenient passenger drop-off and pickup.
Even accounting for unforeseen costs over time, this more modest renovation approach would be cheaper than the $964 million to $1.1 billion estimates from the aviation department’s scenarios for either a new single terminal or complete rehab and reconstruction.
Consultants working on Kansas City’s airport needs are reviewing the proposal and are expected to report back late this month. City Council members say it’s an idea at least worth exploring.
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