To the editor:
Monday’s editorial, “KCI Costs” was right on target. Statements of those favoring a new single terminal are off base.
They claim business leaders don’t like the present terminals. Business leaders actually fly private jets to the downtown airport. Other frequent-flying business travelers appreciate the extremely short distances between the plane and the curb.
I have passed through over 40 “world class” terminals in recent years and am not impressed by their bombastic architecture and extremely long walks, even with moving sidewalks. Other veteran travelers agree that Kansas City can’t be beat for convenience.
Last month, Kansas City closed terminal one, so only two terminals are now in use. Indianapolis recently splurged on a $1.1 billion terminal and did it draw business? At the end of January they decommissioned one fourth of the check-in counters due to lack of business and airline mergers.
Kansas City mainly needs to cover the bat-cave brown terminal ceilings with sparkly white paint and install a few skylights, then assure free wi-fi for all, to get things into the 21st century. Having express bus service from Kansas City hotels and the downtown airport’s economy lot will be a greater benefit to traveling citizens than a billion-dollar boondoggle.