KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Officials leading the new Kansas City International Airport project want to hear from city residents Tuesday as they get closer to a final design for the $1.4 billion airport.

Currently, KCI is quite simple, travelers get dropped off, walk through the doors and are practically at the gate.

But, when it comes to the aesthetics and amenities, travelers are left wanting.

Being the city of fountains, the new KCI planned to feature at two-story fountain at its entrance. But, designers decided that was not efficient.

After making several changes to their plans, the new KCI will be more expensive and bigger than originally expected.

Officials also changed the projects timeline. They now would like to start construction early in 2019, with the airport opening in late 2022.

But, for all these things to happen, the design team and the Aviation Department want to hear from those who will use the airport.

They will hold seven open houses to gather design feedback from the community and travelers and will answer questions about the project.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northland Cathedral, located at 101 NW 99th Street.

Other KCI meetings:

  • Wednesday – Irene B. French Community Center – 5701 Merriam Drive (Merriam, KS)
  • Thursday – Southeast Community Center – 4201 E 63rd Street
  • Sept. 25 – Kansas City North Community Center – 3930 NE Antioch Road
  • Sept. 26 – Gregg Klice Community Center – 1600 John Buck O’Neil Way
  • Sept. 27 – Union Station (Chamber Board Room) – 30 W Pershing Road
  • Sept. 27 – Evangel Church – 1414 E 103rd Street

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