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FAA Will Pay Little For New KCI Terminal, But It Might Pay For Itself


Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration told Kansas City's Airport Terminal Advisory Committee Monday that their agency wouldn't pay very much of the cost of building a new terminal. But a consultants report suggested a new terminal building might help pay for itself.

Sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks could help pay for a new terminal according to Garfield Eaton of transportation consultants Frasca & Associates. He says KCI finished in last place for concession revenues among 20 airports studied - about 66 cents for each departing passenger.

Eaton says if a new terminal provides more amenities beyond the security gate that could easily increase about a dollar to the amount other airports typically take in. The consultant says that modest per-passenger increase would generate about $5 million a year in extra airport revenue that revenue could be used to offset any bonds or other expenses.

At present, it appears that whether Kansas City builds a new terminal or renovates the old ones depends more on voter opinion than consultancy numbers. A successful initiative petition drive and a city council proposal both call for an election before any new terminal could be built.

At a public hearing Monday night, opinion was overwhelmingly against the idea of a new single terminal.

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