And so the excitement over the new airport has turned in to skepticism and a horrific look behind the scenes of legislative sausage making. 

 What have we learned . . .

- The City manager isn't really trustworthy and is fiercely loyal to Mayor Q - That's not entirely a bad thing but good to know. 

- Labor struggles will inevitably confront new KCI . . . The group who won the deal doesn't have the best track record. 

- There was more excitement and participation from mayor & council over this bidding war than anything related improving public safety - Just a quick reminder to voters about what REALLY influences city hall. Hint: Money.

Mayor Q's take . . .

The round-up . . .

"The council awarded the $1.5 billion contract to Vantage Airport Group in a 9-2 vote despite pushback from some council members . . .Some members of the other bids have even alleged that there's corruption involved in the selection process."

Read more via news links . . . 

Kansas City Council awards $1.5B KCI concessions contract to Vantage Airport Group

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After weeks of debate, the Kansas City Council on Thursday approved the concessions contract for the new Kansas City International Airport terminal. The council awarded the $1.5 billion contract to Vantage Airport Group in a 9-2 vote despite pushback from some council members.

Vantage Airport Group receives KCI concessions bid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, City Council voted 9-2, with one abstention, on Thursday to extend the Kansas City International Airport concessions contract to Vantage Airport Group. Vantage agreed to invest $65 million into the project with a term agreement of 15 years, according to a city fact sheet.

After bruising process, Kansas City Council awards airport concessions contract to Vantage Airport Group

Canada's Vantage Airport Group won out over four rival proposers Thursday to run the concessions at Kansas City International Airport's new terminal, slated to open in March 2023. The City Council vote was seen as a crucial decision, affecting visitors' first impressions of the city for years to come.

Kansas City council awards airport concession deal to Vantage Airport Group

Kansas City has awarded the contract to run concessions at the new KCI Airport to the Vantage Airport Group.The question has been: Did the Vantage Airport Group really offer the city the best deal?The city council decided overwhelmingly Thursday that it did.

City Council approves Vantage's concessions contract for KCI

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- On Thursday, the KCMO City Council approved Vantage's concessions proposal for the new terminal at KCI. The vote was 9-1-1, leading to the contact being awarded to Vantage Airport Group.

Developing . . .