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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Spirit Airlines is going to take off at Kansas City International Airport.

Officials made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday morning at the airport.

The airline offers low fares and charges for amenities that most other airlines offer for free including a bag in an overhead bin and a beverage on a flight. The airline lists its optional services at this link.

As airlines have consolidated, this has left no airlines serving Terminal A. Airport officials want to turn that into a new terminal and close Terminals B and C. This has met with much resistance from the flying public in the Kansas City area.

The KCI advisory group met Tuesday morning to discuss their options on the future of the airport's terminals.

The task force is looking at three options - major renovation of the two existing terminals, renovating the two existing terminals with a central building connecting the two or construction of a single terminal.

The 24-person group was appointed nearly one year ago by Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James and has been meeting almost every two weeks with a goal of coming up with the best solutions for the city. They're looking at several areas, from the airport's finances and operations to comparisons to other airports nationwide. They've also heard from security officials, airlines and citizens.

"I think if you listen to all of the inputs here you wouldn't conclude that the airlines really have the same interests as the flying public. So, from a process standpoint, I think we've managed to walk around the key questions without ever really nailing them down, such that the real value added of all this effort into the next step is going to be as solid as it could be if we went with all of the evidence that's on the table," said Bill Mullins, a Kansas City, MO, resident.

The advisory group is expected to make its final recommendation to the mayor on May 7.

KCTV5's Laura McCallister and Jonathan Carter contributed to this report.

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