Unrealistic Talk of K(ansas)CI Raises The Expected Panic

Unrealistic Talk of K(ansas)CI Raises The Expected Panic

I’m not sure which is more newsworthy, the fact that Kansas is doing appropriate due diligence on a new airport or the media firestorm that has erupted around it. Even I was interviewed. Twice. Having recently seen Donald Trump elected President and the New...
What If You Remove KC From KCI?

What If You Remove KC From KCI?

While “convenience” is most often cited as the reason people like Kansas City International Airport in its current configuration, there is another big reason the mayor put the project on hold last year. Trust, or lack of trust, in the city on this issue...
Is KCI About To Become Trump International Airport?

Is KCI About To Become Trump International Airport?

The media are abuzz tonight with news that Kansas City International Airport is #26 on a list of 50 infrastructure projects the Trump administration is considering as federal priorities. Some initial observations: The FAA told the mayor’s KCI task force that...
Bonds. Airport Bonds.

Bonds. Airport Bonds.

I was struck by the good news last week that KCI’s debt rating has been upgraded. As reported in the Star: Moody’s cited the airport’s “continued improvement” in key financial measurements, including its ability to service its interest and debt payments and...
Why Wasn’t This An “I Told You So” Moment?

Why Wasn’t This An “I Told You So” Moment?

Last week, Southwest announced it was adding seasonal non-stop service between Pensacola and Austin as well as St. Louis. As followers of the KCI conversation already know, Austin and St. Louis are often held up as prime examples of airports stealing business from...
Dear “Bob”

Dear “Bob”

Thank you for sending me a note last night. You asked for my thoughts but alas… the email address you provided me is, for some strange reason, not working and my response was returned. That or you lied about your email address. Of course, I would hate to make...
The People Keep Speaking

The People Keep Speaking

I happened to see a fairly typical letter to the editor in the KC Star regarding KCI. I’m reprinting a couple of excerpts here because it involves a random exchange with an out of town passenger, similar to comments I hear myself when travelling. As usual, our...
What Does 2017 Hold For KCI?

What Does 2017 Hold For KCI?

2016 was a year of mixed signals regarding the ongoing discussion concerning the future of Kansas City International Airport. In other words, it was just like 2015, 2014, 2013… Southwest Airlines executives and TSA flip-flopped from their “Keep KCI the way...