Siding with a long-range airport plan, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to bow to modernity and start over again at KCI, with one major terminal instead of three.
For years after KCI opened, I loved going there, walking on the polished parquet floors (long gone) and enjoying the ease of access. Plus, the terminals were new and relatively appealing visually.
But over the years, things have changed. In recent visits to the airport, I’ve found a dark and gloomy place with not an inkling of energy or excitement. Yes, the terminals are still convenient, but I think the funereal atmosphere and the lack of light and amenities, including food options, have cast the die.
Kansas City has become a more dynamic, more competitive city, thanks largely to the Sprint Center and the Power & Light District. Now we need an airport that parallels our overall resurgence.
For comparison, just look at the nearby St. Louis, Louisville and Chicago Midway airports. All are miles ahead of KCI on almost every level, and they generate the excitement that should attend most travel experiences.
Bring on the dozers. The three-terminal era is done.