Kansas City and Johnson County clash on airports

11 months 6 days 4 hours ago Tuesday, February 14 2017 Feb 14, 2017 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 2:32:59 PM CST February 14, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City councilwoman is reviving talks about revamping Kansas City International Airport while calling Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's pursuit of an airport in Johnson County a "far-off dream."

Councilwoman Jolie Justus brought up the Kansas City airport at a Monday press conference that was called a day after The Kansas City Star reported Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer are looking at building a large-scale passenger airport in Johnson County.

Debate on KCI's future has been at a standstill since last year, when the city halted talks of refashioning KCI's three-terminal design into a nearly $1 billion single-terminal airport after polls suggested there wasn't enough community support. Justus said financial help from airlines of a revamped KCI is still on the table.

Justus said a discussion of the airport's future will speed up after an April 4 bond election.

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