KCI modernization effort will take off again with listening sessions

With voter approval of Kansas City’s $800 million infrastructure bond package now in the rearview mirror, officials are looking ahead to modernization of Kansas City International Airport.

The issue has been off the table since last May, when Mayor Sly James pulled the plug on an effort to place a $964 million single-terminal modernization plan on the August 2016 ballot. Although the new terminal would have been paid for solely by the airlines and airport-generated fees, James said the polling had revealed that less than 40 percent of frequent voters in the city supported replacing the status quo at KCI.

Kansas City Councilwoman Jolie Justus, who chairs the council’s Airport Committee, said recently that she expected the city to refocus on the airport modernization issue immediately after the April 4 election. But she acknowledged that flipping the 60-40 public sentiment against a new terminal would require a robust education effort.

The Kansas City Aviation Department on Friday announced that it is ready to start educating itself on what residents want to see happen at KCI. The department will gather feedback from residents through a series of listening sessions to be hosted by business, neighborhood and community groups. The listening sessions will be open forums for residents to discuss their thoughts and concerns with Aviation Department leadership.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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