Friday, February 08, 2019
TKC TOLD YOU SO!! NEW KANSAS CITY AIRPORT FAKE NEWS 'DEAL' EXPOSED!!!
Here's more EXCEPTIONAL insight from a KICK-ASS INSIDER sharking another look at the airport scheme that wasn't really a "deal" after all.
The KCI campaign stunt
"We have a deal with airlines.” That was the headline for today's meeting of the City Council's Aviation Committee. Not exactly. Taking questions was Steve Sisneros, Managing Director for Southwest Arlines. Mr. Sisneros said that he is speaking for all airlines involved in the Deal. Who are those exactly? We don’t know. In fact, we learned that Sisneros himself may not know exactly. He said that he “believes” six of the eight airlines serving the airport will sign the agreement by Feb. 25th. He explained that he can't be certain because different airlines have different business models. Some might not sign until the new airport opens for service, it depends. Translation: No deal yet, another promise.
Why did Sisneros, the all-airlines spokesguy, show up solo with this non-deal? Other airlines can’t fly their guy to town? Why send anyone at all? Just send the money shot, the signed contract. Let’s think about this. Who deal-tweeted first? We're closing in fast on the mayoral election. Political fortunes are staked on an airport development project looking like Lou Gehrig’s disease. Time is not a friend. Did someone convince Sisneros to make a campaign appearance now because that's easier than dealing later with a replacement mayor giving the stink eye to the new airport deal?
Councilman Wagner pelted Team Deal with lots of questions. The Team admitted the 1.5-billion-dollar figure tingling the media is for construction only, not finance charges. The whole enchilada is somewhere between three and four billion, payments for which stretch out into another generation, 35 years. Sisneros said not the worry, the airlines agree to keep up the payments for nine years. What happens if the airlines decide they want out of the deal at that point? The payments don't go away, meaning your kids and anyone else the city can pick-pocket are on the hook.
We also learned about a thing called “design build.” This means stuff ultimately included in the new airport is provisional, depending on how much money is left in the budget when rising costs work their magic. Sisneros: We need to chop hundreds of millions out of the current cost estimate but don’t worry, customers will have a word class experience. The new airport will have toilette paper and electrical outlets. Probably.
What we saw was a campaign stunt, not a deal.
Check the links:
Fox4: Concerns about cost cut for new KCI terminal loom
KCTV5: Southwest Airlines says they have reached agreement over KCI budget
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