KCI meeting postponed due to bomb threat - KCTV5

KCI meeting postponed due to bomb threat

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Those in support or against the idea of a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport were to have a chance to let city officials know Tuesday.

The Airport Terminal Advisory Group began holding its first public hearing at City Hall. It began at 7:30 a.m. in City Council chambers on the 26th floor of City Hall, located at 414 E. 12th St. Public testimony was supposed to start at 8 a.m.

The meeting was disrupted due to a bomb threat called in shortly after 8 a.m. and it will resume in two weeks.

The last two KCI master plans recommended building a new, single terminal for added convenience and efficiency at the airport. According to the study, the single terminal will provide more efficient check-in for travelers.

Construction for the single terminal is budgeted at $1.2 billion – that's for construction that does not include financing costs.

The new terminal would have centralized security screening.

Many opponents say the changes are costly and unnecessary.

"This is going to cost a lot of money and this is already something that is very unpopular," said Patrick Sharmi, a concerned citizen.

Supporters say Kansas City must make changes to stay competitive.

"No one here is going to stand and tell you, ‘I guarantee you will have service.' I can guarantee you what we won't have if we don't build anything, and that's efficient security. We'll probably never have any more international service," said Mark VanLoah, the director of aviation for Kansas City.

The Airport Terminal Advisory Group expects to make a recommendation in April to the City Council. The City Council must approve any new plans for the terminal changes.

The public would have to vote on any changes that would require issuing bonds to finance.

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