After two years of discussions, Kansas City Council members are still split over four renovation plans at Kansas City International Airport, but they all agree on one crucial point: Something needs to be done.
The four plans, which have all been presented to the council’s airport committee in schematic drawings and general concepts, include both minor and major renovation options. All of the plans include much larger parking garages and new, two-level terminal buildings.
A closer look at each concept:
- Major Renovation A – Estimated cost: $1.2 billion – Would reuse terminals A and B and give each a larger parking garage. Each terminal would also be fronted by a two-level entry building. New roadways would allow those coming from the airport to enter on the upper level of either A or B, check in, and then pass through a single security entry point before fanning out to the existing horseshoe-shaped terminal. The current security wall would be taken down, allowing greater access to updated seating, restaurants, shopping and restrooms.
- Major Renovation B – Estimated cost: $1 billion – Similar to Major Renovation A, but instead of two entry buildings, terminals A and B would share a new entry building constructed between the terminals. Passengers would check their luggage and enter through a single security checkpoint, then fan out to either horseshoe-shaped terminal, with all the updated amenities and seating.
- New Terminal A – Estimated cost: $964 million – Would demolish the now closed Terminal A and construct a new building. The terminal in this plan would be shaped like an H turned on its side. A new roadway would allow those coming to the airport to enter on the upper level, which would include a check-in and a single security entry point. From there, passengers would move into a terminal with mall-like shopping and dining amenities. Moving walkways would carry passengers through the terminal.
- New Terminal B – Estimated cost: $972 million – Similar to New Terminal A, except the gate area would be shaped like antlers, allowing for additional gates. It would also have mall-like amenities and moving sidewalks.
The airport leadership committee plans to present a single recommendation, along with a general cost of constructions, to the City Council’s aviation committee no later than April 30. The council will then decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation.
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