New KCI planning has been very disappointing
The Kansas City Star
Kansas Citian Aviation Director Mark VanLoh has been telling residents for the last few years that the city needs to build a new KCI terminal.
Never mind that many Kansas Citians love the current terminal arrangement for its convenience and have been busy protesting VanLoh’s desires.
The City Council knows a $1.2 billion jobs-producing gold mine when it sees one, so a new KCI will be built.
First, VanLoh confidently trotted out a location south of the airport.
Oops. That turned out to be too costly, so KCI officials had to drop that plan last year.
Then the city came up with the idea of building the new terminal where Terminal A now stands. And VanLoh went out of his way to assure passengers they would have plenty of amenities at the new building.
Oops. Part of that plan also turned out to be too costly, at least to stay within the original budget.
So all of the reports that are being done to evaluate the project, expected by mid-year, will be punted to the fall, moving back the start of construction of the project.
And remember: We’re still just in the planning stages, and big surprises have already popped up.
Wait until construction begins, cost overruns roll in and cutbacks in the scope of the project are initiated.
On a positive note, things can’t get much worse for VanLoh and other city officials on this new terminal. Can they?