Behind the scenes the has been a bitter dispute betwixt urban leaders and airport insiders over contracts, opportunity and inclusion.
Finally, the airlines have spoken and confirm the worst fears of many residents . . .
EXCLUSIVE DOX FIRST ON TKC: AIRLINES WARN AGAINST POLITICS THAT THREATEN TO DELAY NEW AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION!!!
All of this started with a document we revealed FIRST ON TKC that showed OVERWHELMING local union and urban opposition to an 80-MILLION paving contract.
The argument escalated as the contract has been picked apart by City Hall insiders.
The culmination of the debate was an open letter denouncing racism targeting the transportation committee chair.
Now . .
Across the the board the airlines rebuke ordinances that hope to switch up airport bidding amid hiring complains. Moreover, the airlines rebuff the power move to replace aviation honcho Pat Klien.
The letter was revealed this morning in committee but local news might not understand the seriousness of the warning regrading the biggest construction project in this town's history. Here's the money line and we've highlighted the most important takeaway . . .
"The signatory airlines serving Kansas City International Airport (KCI) are greatly concerned that any change in governance of the new airport terminal, as dictated by Ordinance No. 200580, Resolution No. 200601 and Resolution No. 200602 would significantly harm the project’s ability to remain on schedule and within budget.
"Removing control from the Airport Director would put the project and the relevant control measures at risk. The airlines would not have agreed to fund this project with the alternative management outlined within the ordinance. We have greatly appreciated the partnership with the airport leadership on this project and value the Director’s diligence to provide the most value for money on all features and services.
"The airlines signed a long-term lease which includes a contracted steering committee structure allowing for timely and practical decisions to be made. Southwest Airlines Legal Counsel will consider it a violation of its lease if the Airport Director is removed . . ."
Read the letter in its entirety . . .
This is a rare opposition to Council Lady Shields and her gambit to remove the aviation honcho . . .
Moreover and FIRST ON TKC . . .
The airlines now confirm that community and council disputes over contract decisions and leadership could, in fact, delay new KCI.
Developing . . .