Thursday, August 17, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! PRIVATE SINGLE-TERMINAL NEW AIRPORT SCHEME THREATENS KANSAS CITY REVENUE!!!
Great info in this perspective regarding the new airport . . . As council POSTPONES decision on ballot language this afternoon . . .
Mayor’s KCI Town Hall Meeting
What a joke and an absolute hour of misinformation, not to mention in front of a whopping crowd of 60 people. It is clear that Mayor Sly James has drunk his own “Cool Aid” and believes his own propaganda regarding the KCI Terminal issue. You would think that after 5 years of dealing with this issue he would be more informed! NOT!
He continues to spout the new Single Terminal will create 18,000 NEW JOBS but there is not one creditable document that supports that statement. Yes it will generate an increase in economic revenue but not the $2.5B above what will already be generated by the existing Airport. To renovate and improve the existing 66 gate terminal with 47 jet bridges would also create jobs and generate an increase revenue but does he even recognize this possibility NO!
How our Mayor can promote destroying the “Golden Goose” (KCI), a facility that has generated a stream of revenue for decades not only to KCI but to Kansas City Downtown Airport, KCI’s reliever airport, is absurd! The Mayor, his City Council and the Attorneys hired to manipulate the process to build a $1.3B Single Terminal is criminal. To support building a Single 35 gate Terminal at a cost of $1.3B which will reduce Airline gates by 50%, obligate the Kansas City to a $85M dollar annual payment, that will stifle airline growth, turn the airport over to the Signatory Airlines with a new concept called a Residual Airport Airline Agreement is what is on the ballot in November. Yes the City is about to turn over KCI to the Airlines that will require the Airlines to agree on any future capital improvements on the airport. Now you know why Southwest is now in agreement!
Aircraft operations over the past decade have gone from 1,100 a day to 400 a day. The Air Traffic Control tower has been downgraded from an ATC-10 to an ATC-8. Enplaned passenger levels are below what they were in 1999. Yes 1999!! The Aviation Department has successfully recruited significant new airlines with a surplus of airline gates and airport capacity that trumps many airports in the country. Then I ask the voters - how will a new $1.3B Single Terminal that significantly increases Airline cost ($85m annually), increase ticket cost, and reduce airline gate capacity from existing used gates of today make KCI a better airport?