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Councilwoman: Burns & McDonnell involved in new single-terminal airport plan for Kansas City

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James (KCTV5) Kansas City Mayor Sly James (KCTV5)

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said an announcement regarding the future of Kansas City International Airport will be made Friday morning. 

Councilwoman Jolie Justus confirms to KCTV5 News that Burns & McDonnell are involved in financing a new single-terminal layout at Kansas City International Airport. 

It's estimated to cost $1 billion. 

In order to happen, the proposal must be approved by the Kansas City city council. Voters in Kansas City would also have to approve the measure in November.

The proposal is rare but it would mean that taxpayers would not be at risk if the new layout fails. The responsibility would fall on Burns & McDonnell.

The future of the airport has long been on the agenda, however, no action has been taken yet. 

Travelers have mixed opinions about the needs of the metro airport.

"Sometimes it does feel a little inefficient. Other airports seem to go a little quicker, faster, so a nice little update would be good, especially getting in between terminals," Kansas City resident Samantha Jones said.

"I think it works really great the way it is. It's easier. I travel a lot, so sticking with the different carriers, you know. If it's not broken, don't fix it,” Lenexa resident Sherrie Bridenstine said.

In May 2016, James announced the city would put plans to improve the airport on hold. 

“While I still feel a new air terminal is inevitable, it’s clear that the time is not now,” James said back then. “So I think we are best served by pausing the conversation for now and focusing on our city’s other priorities.”

Chatter about an airport crossed state lines as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback confirmed the state was interested in building an airport in Johnson County, KS. 

James' announcement is set for 8:30 a.m. on Friday. 

Under the proposal, the city would still own and operate the airport. 

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