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Kansas officials look at building new Kansas City airport

February 13, 2017


— Kansas officials are considering building an airport in Johnson County to compete with Kansas City International.

Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback told the Kansas City Star the state is exploring the possibility of building a major airport on the Kansas side of the metropolitan area. Several challenges remain for the idea of a Kansas airport because getting plans approved for a new airport often takes years. Building a new airport is also extremely expensive.

Previous talks about renovating Kansas City International and combining all of its gates into a single terminal have stalled.

"Airlines are requesting construction of a new single terminal airport at (KCI), and the state of Kansas is continually looking for new economic development opportunities," Brownback said in an email. "With more than 50 percent of (KCI) passengers coming from Kansas, we are exploring the possibilities of this project."

Airlines like the idea of a single terminal because it would be more efficient, but many passengers like the current multiple-terminal design because it is easy to get into and out of.

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said that a modern terminal could lower enplanement costs and improve the airport's efficiency.

"An airport of this nature has the ability to generate enormous economic impact for the state and we owe it to Kansans to explore the feasibility of this project," Colyer said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said no formal proposals for a new airport have been submitted.

It's not clear what this idea would mean for cross-border cooperation on economic development projects, but Johnson County Commissioner Steve Klike said it's important not to ignore needed airport improvements.

"If Kansas City can't get its act together, it's an open ball game," said Klika, who is also chairman of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.


Don Brennaman 1 year, 3 months ago

So the governor wants to build an airport. How will HE pay for it? Will he just close public schools and pay for it that way? Will he cut more taxes? Republicans in Washington say they are okay with a trillion dollars for infrastructure improvements as long as it is paid for. In a free marketplace if there is profit available let them build it.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 3 months ago

Hey, the Republicans are working on a national voucher program and a repeal of the rule to have healthy food in school, so he will be able to close all those schools, put all the poor kids who can't afford school to work fixing highways and waiting on all the rich people, and throw junk food scraps at them.

Check out this bit of legislation.

Steve Jacob 1 year, 3 months ago

Everyone is making a want list for that sweet infrastructure cash Trump is printing. One, step in line, and it's a long line, and two, the Republicans in Congress have suddenly figured out we have a deficit.

Michael Kort 1 year, 3 months ago

Welcome to fantasy island !

Who is brownie fooling and why ?

He still hasn't built his river that would flow uphill from NE Kansas to the rube farmers who voted for him out in Western Kansas ( that massive water project just evaporated after brownies last election ) .


Just the cost alone of a dedicated highway exit and roadway into a new airport, would cost tons of cash that KDOT doesn't have after brownie robbed KDOT to pay for his tax handouts to the poor rich people .

Just another manic.......or manipulative ( take your pick ) usual pronouncement from Sam The Scam brownie .

Michael Kort 1 year, 3 months ago

Got 10 years of your life to wait for a JO CO airport because major airports don't just appear out of thin air, in anywhere but brownies mind and maybe our Ks State Legislatures minds ?

Obviously, the state of Ks. is just "a little short of money" these days and deferred highway and bridge repairs and improvements just keep on getting more expensive .

Tax cutting Trump and the US Congress is going to be just as broke if Trump gets his ways with their support, who will be left to pay for this all ?

Maybe Trump can mortgage The White House to Putin ?.......and brownie can put up the State House up to the Chinese, as well ! ....or just soak the traveling public for it all !...and pick up the food court concessions for hi own personal post officialdom perk ?

Yes, at sam brownies not only will you get an overpriced burger but they will also wash your feet !

Buy the way, whose land is brownie going to take by the terrible power of states condemnation, for less than what it is worth, to build this airport ?.........or who will be payed lots more for their land, than what it might be really worth, ......all just going to the right political donors, who just accidentally bought the land, etc., in advance ?

Deborah Snyder 1 year, 3 months ago

I actually laughed when I saw this article being highlighted in the Kansas City Star... This pooprosal is an obvious Good Cop/Bad Cop ploy to force a panic attack on the very big "NO" to crash and trash the KCI Airport facilities.

Here's an idea, boys; fully utilize KCI before complaining it's so-o-o empty. Oh, and all kinds of smaller airlines will GLADLY move into KCI, which will accomodate carriers with national and regional connections!

So, go ahead. Make all the noise you want. That airport works for passengers when airport authorities, airlines services, and concession stands cooperate to serve customers, not themselves.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Brownback and Colyer have no idea what they are talking about. Why would anyone listen to these two politicians who have destroyed the Kansas economy. These two are dopes.

This is Brownback and Colyer distracting the voters from the reckless economic diaster that Brownback and Colyer have presented to Kansas.

Why would KCI be gone?

Kansas has no money to be throwing at an airport.

There is not not enough plane traffic for two airports? There is not enough consumers for another airport. Taxpayers be smart and don't get duped.

What airlines have committed to the JOCO political rhetoric? NONE!

How much money are airlines willing to donate big bucks? NONE!

Kansas has not the ability to fund a successful new airport.

This is Brownback and Colyer distracting the voters from the reckless economic diaster that Brownback and Colyer have presented to Kansas. Greitens is another Brownback = BEWARE!

THE KCI airoport works = gets the job done. It is easy to navigate. Be Smart - Restore - REUSE what is there. The flooring at KCI is quite remarkable.

Spruce up the sensible existing resource! Absoutely! This demonstates practical thinking. TAXPAYERS BEST BE MORE CONCERNDED WITH SAVING YOUR MONEY!

This is Brownback and Colyer distracting the voters from the reckless economic diaster that Brownback and Colyer have presented to Kansas.

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