Monday, April 22 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-04-23 01:02:57 GMT
The Kansas City Council's transportation committee agreed Thursday that the city should move ahead with building a single terminal airport to serve the area.The full council is expected to take up theMore >
The Kansas City Council's transportation committee agreed Thursday that the city should move ahead with building a single terminal airport to serve the area.More >
Thursday, April 4 2013 1:22 PM EDT2013-04-04 17:22:16 GMT
The under-used Terminal A at Kansas City International Airport is emerging a the consensus site for a new single-terminal airport.Officials are considering transforming the airport are reaching consensusMore >
The under-used Terminal A at Kansas City International Airport is emerging a the consensus site for a new single-terminal airport.More >
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Mayor Sly James announced Tuesday morning the formation of an advisory group to determine the future of the Kansas City International Airport.
Airport officials and some council members want to merge the three current terminals into a state-of-the-art $1.2 billion new terminal on the site of the current Terminal A.
But this proposal, which would be funded by federal tax dollars and plane ticket fees, has encountered much resistance from area residents who love the convenience and ease of KCI.
"Is KCI as it is currently configured the best airport for residents and visitors of this city? Second, if it is not, what are the options for an airport that will serve this region for future generations?" James said at Tuesday's news conference. "We need to know the answer to the basic question: Is this the best scenario for Kansas City?"
James said the 24-member panel, which includes residents of both Kansas and Missouri, should report back by the end of the year with potential options. The civic leaders serving on the panel include former Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs and former KCK Mayor Joe Reardon. Skaggs was chairman of the city's aviation committee when he served on the council.
It's a group that consists of 24 area businessmen and women, including former KCK Mayor Joe Reardon.
The group will study the financial and environmental concerns along with the current airport configuration.
"Additionally, the panel will seek to answer questions regarding the impact changing air travel models will have on the three-terminal layout," James said Tuesday. "In the near future, KCI will need to accommodate modernization for passenger amenities, airline expansion, baggage and security requirements. Passenger convenience will also be a chief concern for the advisory group."
James pledged to take into consideration the safety and satisfaction of Kansas City residents as well as those of visitors.
"Public input and involvement are not only invaluable, they are absolutely essential to ensure KCI is a part of our economic grown now and well into the future," James said.
He said this is an important conversation, but it will take some time to resolve with sensible and responsible solutions from the various perspectives.
"We need to have a conversation about this important bit of infrastructure and economic development that assures that Kansas City remains best and remains a major American city," James said. "Whatever our final decision on the airport, it needs to be thoughtful, forward looking and well reasoned and finally it should be a conclusion that our community and our airline partners are comfortable and supportive of. Not everybody will agree. Not everybody agrees on anything. But we need to make sure that everyone understands what we are doing and why."
The idea of a new KCI has its supporters and detractors.
Cathy, who lives in the Los Angeles area, returns to her native Kansas City about once a month. She said a single terminal would make travel easier.
"Just figuring out which airline you're on, which terminal you're going to, if you have one central place you just go in and out," Valenti said.
But Robert Fine, who has physical challenges, says KCI is the most user-friendly airport in the country.
He said single terminal airports are much bigger and require longer walks. Fine said he has to use a wheelchair in Las Vegas while he can walk on his own at the smaller KCI terminals.
James said he made sure the panel includes those with opinions on both sides of the issue as well as those who don't have a formed viewpoint.
"You can't have a good conversation and reach good conclusions if everybody agrees with each other," the mayor said, adding he wants the panel to find the relevant facts "and use those facts to try and solve problems."
Kevin Koster is one of the panel members and he opposes a new airport.
"A lot of the things that make KCI unique is the quick access," Koster said. "It's very difficult to maintain that to the degree that KCI enjoys now."
Friday, April 11 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:08:56 GMT
A year-long, multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of 28 people for charges ranging from murder to racketeering. Law enforcement officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department, East BatonMore >
A year-long, multi-agency investigation resulted in the indictment of 28 people for charges ranging from murder to racketeering.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:39:56 GMT
Often times it's tough for soldiers returning home from service to get re-established in their community and it can be especially difficult for injured soldiers to adjust. That's why there's Homes forMore >
Homes for Heroes, a program that helps injured soldiers get free homes, helped one Kansas City soldier Tuesday. More >
A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.More >
Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two...More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:35:14 GMT
An ailing Miley Cyrus has canceled her concert Tuesday night at Sprint Center.The notice came a matter of hours before she was scheduled to go on stage.A concert promoter tells KCTV5 that Cyrus is in theMore >
An ailing Miley Cyrus has canceled her concert Tuesday night at Sprint Center. She apparently is at a Kansas City hospital Tuesday night. More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:22:12 GMT
It's difficult for Paul Temme to talk about what he saw and experienced that awful day last Sunday. Tremme came to the Jewish Community Center to work out. Little did he know he would soon be mired inMore >
KCTV5 talks to a man who witnessed the terrible shootings in Overland Park, KS, a man who was shot at trying to help.More >
Saturday, April 12 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-04-12 10:07:09 GMT
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral. A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in. J.T. Gray of NorthMore >
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral.More >
Monday, April 14 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 19:09:11 GMT
A shooting has occurred at the Jewish community center in Overland Park. This was reported about 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, according to an Overland Park FireMore >
WATCH LIVE AT 11:30 A.M: A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather were killed along with a female during shootings at two Jewish-related locations in the Kansas City area. The accused killer is a white supremacist and appeared to yell an anti-Semitic phrase when taken into custody. More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:13:36 GMT
Three people were injured Tuesday afternoon in an apartment fire in Independence.This occurred about 2:45 p.m. at the Hawthorne Place Apartments, 438 N. Kendall Dr. All are expected to be OK. The fireMore >
A family was injured Tuesday afternoon in an apartment fire in Independence.More >