Letter To TKC: Considering The Kansas City Single-Terminal Airport Scheme And Lyft
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Letter To The Editor:
Yes, We have an airport problem however the terminal is not it.
I was a “Road Warrior” for over 20 years and for 8 years boarded over 500 flights per year and 10 years well over 200. I have flown on everything from a 2 engine puddle jumper to the 747 and airbus. I have landed on dirt, grass, gravel, water, ice, asphalt, concrete and even a state highway once.
In all those flights I only remember two really good airports. Kansas City Downtown and Dallas Love Field. Both were near where you wanted to go and you could get in and out in a flash. You want to get in and our of the airport not see which one has the best Hot Dog.
Airports like Love and downtown had to be scraped because of the increase and advances in air travel. Both Dallas and Kansas City chose cheap land rather than a 50 to 100 year plan. Many air travels to Kansas City believe KCI stands for Kansas City Iowa.
At the present time Cab fare to Downtown, Crown Center and the Plaza is in the 75 dollar range. Sprint Campus, Garmin and Honeywell in excess of 100.00. The new Cerner Complex will be in the 115.00 range. Visit boardrooms across this country, mention Kansas City and their thoughts do not turn to The Sprint Center or Adkins Museum but to the Taxi receipt in their pocket.
One terminal? Three? Who cares. Travelers want in and out. No Hot Dogs or BBQ but either to get to their appointment or home.
Toy Train and new terminal are not on their minds. Lets go back and solve the ground problem then worry about terminals with bells and whistles.