How gratifying it was to see again in that I’m not the only person who is quite satisfied with the airport as it is (1/9, Local, “KCI plan to get scrutiny”).
We like the layout, and we don’t need more restaurants and shops and longer lines through security.
Expansion has another downside, though, that I haven’t seen mentioned. Airplanes are disastrous contributors to carbon emissions and thus to global warming. It seems insane to plan for so many more daily flights in 20 years that we’ll need more airport space. Surely by then it will be abundantly clear that we need fewer flights, not more.
Perhaps by 2028 we will only need Terminal C, and the others can be made into energy-efficient housing for airport personnel!
I’d like to offer my observations as someone who uses KCI frequently.
I travel in and out of this airport virtually every week, sometimes twice per week. I travel across North America, and have become familiar with most airports in the United States and the major ones in Canada.
I’m all for improvement and making our metro area the best it can be in all regards. But, speaking from experience, I believe KCI is a great airport. The recent changes in the terminals have been nice improvements. The short-term and circle parking are great. The new economy parking is an improvement.
The major pain I experience is waiting for the red buses, to transport me from one terminal to another. Ten to 15 minutes is the norm, and I have waited as long as 30 minutes.
I’d suggest buying more buses and hiring more drivers. This would be an easy fix.
A longer term improvement, sticking with the three terminals, would be to build some sort of rail transit between the terminals. That surely would be more cost effective than starting over and would preserve much of what is awesome about KCI.
Lane M. Crosser