Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved a $1 billion renovation on Tuesday for the Kansas City International Airport.
After 6 years of planning, talks with airlines and rallying for public support, 75 percent of Kansas City voters voted in favor of the change. Developers will demolish the existing 3 terminals and build a new single terminal.
The money for the new terminal will come from airport user fees instead of taxpayer dollars. Jolie Justus, city council person in Kansas City, Missouri and chair of the Airport Committee, said the intention behind the new terminal is to better utilize the space.
“We will have separated areas for departures and arrivals so it won’t be as congested. You’ll be able to move more quickly through security,” Justus said. “And the thing that people want the most for KCI, I believe, is they want more amenities once they get passed security.”
The city hopes to break ground in spring of 2018 and open the doors of the new airport in the fall of 2021.