KCI http://kcur.org en KCI Commission 'Overwhelmingly' Favors One-Terminal Plan http://kcur.org/post/kci-commission-overwhelmingly-favors-one-terminal-plan <p>The recommendation to replace the three terminals at the Kansas City International Airport with one new building is still controversial among the general public.</p><p>But according to its final report, the mayor's airport advisory commission didn't find it was controversial at all.</p><p>Commission co-chairman Dave Fowler said Thursday that the panel began its study of the airport as a group divided in opinion, but finished in nearly complete agreement.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:39:15 +0000 Steve Bell 58745 at http://kcur.org KCI Commission 'Overwhelmingly' Favors One-Terminal Plan KCI: Looking Behind The Single Terminal Recommendation http://kcur.org/post/kci-looking-behind-single-terminal-recommendation <p></p><p>Moving one step closer to a final resolution on Kansas City International Airport's future, Mayor Sly James' task force recommended a new single terminal Wednesday morning.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with the co-chairs of that advisory panel about why it recommended this option, which has encountered fierce opposition in the Kansas City metro area.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:49:27 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 55359 at http://kcur.org KCI: Looking Behind The Single Terminal Recommendation No Recommendation Yet From Airport Citizens Task Force http://kcur.org/post/no-recommendation-yet-airport-citizens-task-force <p>A slew of remaining questions prevented the KCI Terminal Advisory Group from making its official recommendation Tuesday morning.</p><p>The group, which was created by Mayor Sly James, is expected to make a recommendation to the City Council on <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kci-taskforce-narrows-choices">one of three plans for the future of the Kansas City International Airport</a>.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:02:19 +0000 Alex Smith 54561 at http://kcur.org No Recommendation Yet From Airport Citizens Task Force KCI Taskforce Narrows Choices http://kcur.org/post/kci-taskforce-narrows-choices <p>A citizen taskforce soon could make a recommendation for the future of Kansas City International Airport.&nbsp;</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>Architect Bob Berkebile helped draw up plans for KCI more than four decades ago. He now co-chairs the advisory group.</p><p><strong>Interview highlights</strong></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:52:06 +0000 Maria Carter 54560 at http://kcur.org KCI Taskforce Narrows Choices Critics Express Concern Over Potential KCI Changes http://kcur.org/post/critics-express-concern-over-potential-kci-changes <p></p><p>Mayoral investigators searching for best ways to improve Kansas City International Airport heard another barrage of public input Monday night.</p><p>Most of it was against radical change from multiple terminals. The most common sentiments were to update the existing structure.</p><p>Alan Norman said he finds the airport user-friendly but not perfect.</p><p>"There are some operating inefficiencies there and maintenance problems and security problems that are expensive," said Norman.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:48:41 +0000 Dan Verbeck 51788 at http://kcur.org Critics Express Concern Over Potential KCI Changes FAA Will Pay Little For New KCI Terminal, But It Might Pay For Itself http://kcur.org/post/faa-will-pay-little-new-kci-terminal-it-might-pay-itself <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:31:37 +0000 Steve Bell 51148 at http://kcur.org Kansas City’s Enormous Airline Overhaul Base Full Again http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-s-enormous-airline-overhaul-base-full-again <p>Kansas City can finally hang a “no vacancy” sign on one of its largest and most important industrial buildings.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:24:16 +0000 Frank Morris 50564 at http://kcur.org Kansas City’s Enormous Airline Overhaul Base Full Again Southwest Airlines Announces Nonstop Service To D.C. http://kcur.org/post/southwest-airlines-announces-nonstop-service-dc <p>Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday that it would begin nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., beginning Feb. 1.</p><p>Southwest received authority to serve the route after filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The request was backed by the Kansas City Mayor Sly James.</p><p>In a release from the Kansas City Aviation Department, James said the announcement solidifies Kansas City's reputation as a top-tier, centrally located travel destination.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:57:35 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50396 at http://kcur.org Airlines Lukewarm On New KCI Terminal Concept http://kcur.org/post/airlines-lukewarm-new-kci-terminal-concept <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airlines that use </span>KCI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are not convinced a complete terminal replacement would help their business.</span></p><p>Airline officers took their turn appearing before the advisory group on the airport’s future.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The advisory group appointed by the Mayor is exploring whether to recommend a new terminal layout or renovate what’s there.</span></p><p>Southwest Airlines executive Ron Ricks spoke for all major carriers at the airport and said the current system operates well.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 01:11:47 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49752 at http://kcur.org As KCI's Terminal A Closes Its Doors, Airport Future Still Uncertain http://kcur.org/post/kcis-terminal-closes-its-doors-airport-future-still-uncertain <p>Overnight Wednesday, movers hauled US Airways' remaining equipment out of KCI&nbsp;Terminal A to Terminal C, but the future of KCI&nbsp;remains undecided.</p><p>City officials say Terminal A won’t necessarily be demolished, but c<span style="line-height: 1.5;">losing little-used Terminal A saves about $2.5 million a year, says</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Joe</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McBride with city aviation.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:58:45 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49511 at http://kcur.org As KCI's Terminal A Closes Its Doors, Airport Future Still Uncertain Debate Still Rages Over KCI Rebuilding Ideas http://kcur.org/post/debate-still-rages-over-kci-rebuilding-ideas <p>Whether or not to rebuild KCI is still a hotly-debated topic, and Kansas City voters might have a say in the matter.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the issue at hand is whether the airport, built in the early 1970s, can still efficiently serve the community's needs with its current infrastructure.</p><p><strong>Guests: </strong></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:36:44 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48414 at http://kcur.org Debate Still Rages Over KCI Rebuilding Ideas KCI Terminal A Closing, But Public Art Remains, For Now http://kcur.org/post/kci-terminal-closing-public-art-remains-now <p>At <a href="http://www.flykci.com/">Kansas City International Airport</a>, 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?</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:40:49 +0000 Laura Spencer 46706 at http://kcur.org KCI Terminal A Closing, But Public Art Remains, For Now United Terminal Change At KCI Delayed http://kcur.org/post/united-terminal-change-kci-delayed <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>KCI spokesman Joe McBride says technical issues were to blame.</p><p>“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.”</p><p>McBride says he expects the terminal change will take place early next week.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:47:23 +0000 Maria Carter 46089 at http://kcur.org 4 Things You Should Know About The KCI Decision http://kcur.org/post/4-things-you-should-know-about-kci-decision <p>Dave Helling of the <em>Kansas City Star</em> has been covering the potential overhaul of KCI. KCUR’s Susan Wilson sat down with Helling and had these four takeaways:</p><p><strong>1. Taxpayers will not bear the weight of the $1.2 billion price tag.</strong></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:44:28 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Monica Sandreczki 38120 at http://kcur.org 4 Things You Should Know About The KCI Decision McCaskill Will Wait For Pitch Before Deciding KCI Swing http://kcur.org/post/mccaskill-will-wait-pitch-deciding-kci-swing <p></p><p>Senator Claire McCaskill feels it’s too early to say how she would lean toward federal funding of renovations at KCI Airport.</p><p>The Missouri &nbsp;Democrat&nbsp; says she understands the single-terminal “A” concept stirs passions.</p><p>The Senator was waiting amid the noise of Gates Barbecue in Independence&nbsp; when she talked with a pair of reporters, saying it’s too soon for serious conversation &nbsp;about the airport since there isn’t even a proposal for change.</p><p></p><p>The Mayor has&nbsp; appointed an ad hoc commission to recommend changes to the&nbsp; airport.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:28:35 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42499 at http://kcur.org McCaskill Will Wait For Pitch Before Deciding KCI Swing For KCI Rescue Teams, Training Is Key To Preparation For A Plane Crash http://kcur.org/post/kci-rescue-teams-training-key-preparation-plane-crash <p>It’s been more than 18 years since KCI had a deadly jet crash. But the crash of a jet at SFO&nbsp;in San Fransisco, Calif. last month is still fresh in the minds of the KCI airport firefighting crew.</p><p>Right next to KCI on the former TWA overhaul base, there is a boneyard of old planes, parts of them on pavement.&nbsp;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.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:41:06 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41874 at http://kcur.org For KCI Rescue Teams, Training Is Key To Preparation For A Plane Crash Who Decides The Future Of KCI? http://kcur.org/post/who-decides-future-kci <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change-- tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal. &nbsp;</span></p><p>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. &nbsp;That came just 4 years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:38:53 +0000 Maria Carter 39458 at http://kcur.org Who Decides The Future Of KCI? KCI Advisory Group Gets Lesson On Airport Operations http://kcur.org/post/kci-advisory-group-gets-lesson-airport-operations <p>Kansas City’s airport advisory panel met in Union Station Tuesday morning.&nbsp; Kansas City is looking at moving from its current three terminal layout to a new, single terminal.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:54:53 +0000 Maria Carter 38742 at http://kcur.org KCI Advisory Group Gets Lesson On Airport Operations Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James http://kcur.org/post/opinion-columnist-yael-abouhalkah-kci-terminal-proposal-mayor-james <p></p><p>If you want to get people talking, just say three words: <strong>new airport terminal</strong>.</p><p>It seems that everyone's an expert on airport design and plans. After all, many of us fly through <strong>Kansas City International Airport</strong>.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 14:57:58 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 37624 at http://kcur.org Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James Fresh Petition Attempt To Save Current KCI http://kcur.org/post/fresh-petition-attempt-save-current-kci <p>An ad hoc group trying to preserve the current building layout at KCI Airport is trying another tack to halt major changes at the complex. Thu, 16 May 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Dan Verbeck 36895 at http://kcur.org Fresh Petition Attempt To Save Current KCI Critic Of One-Terminal KCI Airport On Mayoral Panel http://kcur.org/post/critic-one-terminal-kci-airport-mayoral-panel <p>The “beginning” of a long process, is the way Kansas City Mayor Sly James describes work of a panel&nbsp; he has set up to study future use of KCI Airport.</p><p>The group includes a strong critic of the current plan for a single terminal. Tue, 14 May 2013 21:06:31 +0000 Dan Verbeck 36750 at http://kcur.org Critic Of One-Terminal KCI Airport On Mayoral Panel Two Dozen Will Advise Future Of KCI Airport http://kcur.org/post/two-dozen-will-advise-future-kci-airport <p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James&nbsp; has appointed a 24 member panel to&nbsp; study the city’s airport needs into the future. Tue, 14 May 2013 18:52:49 +0000 Dan Verbeck 36738 at http://kcur.org Two Dozen Will Advise Future Of KCI Airport Airport Bus Privatization Plan Gets A Flat 'No' From Council http://kcur.org/post/airport-bus-privatization-plan-gets-no-council <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A city council that is nodding yes on airport officials' study of a new single terminal concept at KCI&nbsp;was not impressed with a plan to privatize the bus service at the airport.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 06:24:46 +0000 Steve Bell 35708 at http://kcur.org Airport Bus Privatization Plan Gets A Flat 'No' From Council Council Endorses Airport Plan http://kcur.org/post/council-endorses-airport-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council has voted to move ahead with laying plans for a single-terminal concept for KCI Airport.&nbsp; though, that it doesn't guarantee that a new terminal will be built.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:46:32 +0000 Steve Bell 34966 at http://kcur.org Council Endorses Airport Plan Some Air Travelers To Be Spared Indignity Of Pat Downs And Shoe Doffing http://kcur.org/post/some-air-travelers-be-spared-indignity-pat-downs-and-shoe-doffing <p>Crowd lovers have met their match at KCI, and for that matter any airport in the country today, the day before Thanksgiving. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:58:05 +0000 Dan Verbeck 27969 at http://kcur.org Some Air Travelers To Be Spared Indignity Of Pat Downs And Shoe Doffing Airport Plan Would Bring Changes To KCI http://kcur.org/post/airport-plan-would-bring-changes-kci <p>Observers have been given their first up-close look at the latest vision for the future KCI Airport, all built on the site of current Terminal A. It would change many familiar features at the airport from baggage handling to transportation around and inside the proposed complex.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:19:29 +0000 Dan Verbeck 26360 at http://kcur.org Airport Plan Would Bring Changes To KCI Consolidating Air Traffic At KCI http://kcur.org/post/consolidating-air-traffic-kci <p>A new plan has surfaced in the continuing discussion about <strong>how KCI's terminals should be modified</strong>.</p><p> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 26277 at http://kcur.org Consolidating Air Traffic At KCI Future KCI May Take Over Terminal A Site http://kcur.org/post/future-kci-may-take-over-terminal-site <p>A first look at the newest plan for a future Kansas City International Airport is out for examination. </p> <p>A site plan calls for tearing down Terminal B, building the new airport where Terminal A stands now and using Building C for commercial offices.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:09:05 +0000 Dan Verbeck 26225 at http://kcur.org Future KCI May Take Over Terminal A Site KCI Airport Plans Could Change http://kcur.org/post/kci-airport-plans-could-change <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council heard a report on possible money-saving changes to plans for a new terminal at KCI airport Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:12:39 +0000 Steve Bell 19407 at http://kcur.org KCI Airport Plans Could Change Kansas City International Airport Eyes Replacement Terminal http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-international-airport-eyes-replacement-terminal <p>Just three years ago the Kansas City Missouri City Council voted down a<strong> single-terminal plan</strong> for <a href="http://flykci.com">Kansas City International Airport</a>. &nbsp;Now it has approved a $4.4 million study to determine how to build and pay for the very same thing.&nbsp;Why the change of heart and how is one terminal better than three?</p><div> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:36:59 +0000 Stephen Steigman 185 at http://kcur.org Kansas City International Airport Eyes Replacement Terminal