You may not be shocked to hear that Kansas City International Airport is in the running for "worst airport in America."
A poll being conducted by design and technology blog Gizmodo lists eight airports in contention for the title. The list of candidates was gleaned from nominations they solicited from more than 600 disgruntled travelers.
Currently, New York's LaGuardia Airport leads the poll with more than 24 percent of the 5,775 total votes. KCI has 6.4 percent.
A citizen taskforce soon could make a recommendation for the future of Kansas City International Airport.
After nearly a year of work, the group has narrowed the many possible options down to three — renovating the existing terminals and building new screening areas and parking facilities, revamping two terminals and connecting them with a central building, or constructing a new terminal.
Architect Bob Berkebile helped draw up plans for KCI more than four decades ago. He now co-chairs the advisory group.
Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration told Kansas City's Airport Terminal Advisory Committee Monday that their agency wouldn't pay very much of the cost of building a new terminal. But a consultants report suggested a new terminal building might help pay for itself.
Sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks could help pay for a new terminal according to Garfield Eaton of transportation consultants Frasca & Associates. He says KCI finished in last place for concession revenues among 20 airports studied - about 66 cents for each departing passenger.
Kansas City can finally hang a “no vacancy” sign on one of its largest and most important industrial buildings.
In its heyday some 6000 people worked in the TWA overhaul base at KCI. The place is massive, a million square feet, more room than all three terminals combined. When American Airlines pulled out a few years ago, the place was empty. Now, after an intensive marketing campaign Mark VanLoh, Kansas City’s Aviation director says, it’s just the reverse.
At Kansas City International Airport, Air Canada, US Airways and United are moving to Terminal C, and Terminal A is expected to close on Jan. 9, 2014. But what does this mean for the public artwork - inside and outside the terminal?
United Airlines and Air Canada were supposed to move Wednesday night from Terminal A to Terminal C at Kansas City International Airport, but those plans got delayed.
KCI spokesman Joe McBride says technical issues were to blame.
“As they were getting into the eleventh hour of the move, the computer technology was not all coming on line,” said McBride. “So it looked like the airline was not going to have the ability to check people in be it at the ticket counter or the kiosk.”
McBride says he expects the terminal change will take place early next week.
Senator Claire McCaskill feels it’s too early to say how she would lean toward federal funding of renovations at KCI Airport.
The Missouri Democrat says she understands the single-terminal “A” concept stirs passions.
The Senator was waiting amid the noise of Gates Barbecue in Independence when she talked with a pair of reporters, saying it’s too soon for serious conversation about the airport since there isn’t even a proposal for change.
The Mayor has appointed an ad hoc commission to recommend changes to the airport.
It’s been more than 18 years since KCI had a deadly jet crash. But the crash of a jet at SFO in San Fransisco, Calif. last month is still fresh in the minds of the KCI airport firefighting crew.
Right next to KCI on the former TWA overhaul base, there is a boneyard of old planes, parts of them on pavement. One is an engineless 727 jet and airport Fire Chief Matt Mauer has just had a special crash truck spray it down with fire suppressing foam.
Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change-- tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal.
The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport. That came just 4 years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.
Kansas City’s airport advisory panel met in Union Station Tuesday morning. Kansas City is looking at moving from its current three terminal layout to a new, single terminal. Supporters of the new design say it’s a needed update to the 40-year-old structure because of security concerns. Opponents of the single terminal say the current system works well for travelers.
The panel's co-chair, Bob Berkebile, says he learned a couple of things from what the group was calling airport school, and he notes getting informed is an important first step.