Wednesday, Jul. 19th 2017

A Better KCI Is Crucial For A Better KC Region


Convenience, Efficiency, Security & Opportunity 
Elevating the business case for improved air service in the KC Region

“The Board of Directors of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce reviewed A Better KCI at the June 28 board meeting, and would join other chambers of commerce in support of the Better KCI concept as it relates to continued economic development and growth of the region,” said Shawnee Chamber of Commerce President | CEO Linda Leeper. 

The Board of Directors of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce encourage area businesses and organizations to learn more about the proposed changes at the Kansas City International Airport prior to the November 7 election. This brief summary provides an overview with links for additional information.

WHY: A new single terminal approach for Kansas City International Airport will ensure maximum efficiency, capacity, expanded air service and future economic growth of our region. We know we have lost corporate headquarters, top job recruits, potential new employers and conventions due to the inadequacies of the current airport terminals. An improved terminal would mean more connecting flights through Kansas City, which will mean more direct flights for business travelers, a critical measure of a first-class city in the 21st century.

An airport terminal is, in many ways, a front door to a community. A modern terminal will be a welcoming front door that ensures we keep our status as a major-league city. For KCI to remain one of the country’s most convenient and efficient airports, KCI’s terminal must change to meet the demands of modern air travel.

Who is in favor of a new single terminal?  
The list of supporters for a new, single terminal is growing. Supporters for a Better KCI include: Greater KC Chamber of Commerce,  Kansas City Area Development Council, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Platte County Economic Development Council, VisitKC, The Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri,  Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, Southwest Airlines and  American Airlines. For a full list, go to

HOW: Many questions surround the project including: Who’s going to pay for a new terminal at KCI and will my taxes go up?   

  • Every current financing proposal relies only on USERS of the airport to cover the cost of a new terminal through concessions, parking, and ticketing fees. “If you don’t use the airport, you don’t pay.”
    · 88 percent of travelers who use the airport are from Johnson County and the surrounding area.
    · The airlines have made a strong financial commitment toward the cost of building a single terminal – nearly twice the industry standard of five years.

Where can I find more information about the proposed terminal?

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