Council approves extension of KCI’s airline leases while airport’s future is debated

The contractual agreement between Kansas City International Airport and its airlines has been extended for three years, through April 30, 2020.

The City Council on Thursday approved the extension to keep the airport on an even keel. If the community reaches consensus before then on airport improvements, the lease terms can be terminated and rewritten.

The lease agreement defines the relationship and normal course of business between the airport and its airlines, eliminating the need to enact agreements with each individual airline. The terms and conditions are identical for each airline, except for the defined space that each occupies. Those terms can also be extended to any new airline.

The current agreement had been set to expire May 1. Deputy Aviation Director David Long said the extension will provide stability while the public debate over the airport’s long-term future continues.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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