Time Flies, But Ill-Conceived Terminal Proposals Do Not.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of starting this website. A year of my life that I will never get back, but one that has filled with new friends and has been rewarding, enlightening, at times frustrating and one for which I will be forever grateful. The goal then was the same as it is now: […]

Reality Finally Lands At Our KCI Discussion.

Today was a big day. Today we finally learned from the airlines themselves that not only would a shiny new terminal not attract flights, it might cost us some of the non-stop service we now enjoy. Ron Ricks and Bob Montgomery, the two executives at Southwest Airlines in charge of airport relationships and more or less […]

KCI Consultant Was Right After All. We Should Look At Sacramento.

Way back in early April at the Council hearing, the Aviation Department’s consultant Mark Perryman suggested that Kansas City look to Sacramento’s new billion dollar terminal project as an example of what Kansas City could expect from a “newer airport that worked well.” At the time, I pointed out that they spent all that money and […]

It’s Official. Southwest Doesn’t Like The New Terminal Proposal.

This really doesn’t come as a surprise to those of us who have truly approached this issue with an open mind and with eyes and ears to the community and the users of KCI on both sides of the ticket counters. Ron Ricks, Executive Vice President for Southwest, had several money quotes today in a […]

We Need A Branded Terminal, Not A Brand New One

Last May, as I was walking to my car following the mayor’s press conference announcing the formation of the Airport Task Force, Co-Chair David Fowler came up to me and asked me out of the blue, “Do you think Kansas City has a brand problem?” I thought about it for about a 10th of a […]

Time Is Money. Restaurants Are Not.

Yesterday, I had to make a day trip to Denver. As I tweeted yesterday morning, it literally took me only 8-minutes from the time I locked my car in the KCI garage until I was through security and standing at the gate ready to board. By comparison that afternoon in Denver, it took me 45 […]

So What Have We Learned In The Past 60 Days?

(If this is your first visit, click here first. Then grab a cup of coffee.) One of the first tasks that Mayor James’ KCI task force is going to undertake is called “Airport 101.” This will be where the task force hears from experts and learns how airports work and what needs to be considered when […]

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Cincinnati’s Lesson To Kansas City: KCI Is Better Without A Hub

I think the reason that talk of a potential hub at KCI won’t go away is that most people prefer non-stop flights. I do too. And perhaps there is a belief in some circles that visions of non-stop flights to every corner of the universe will be so powerful that people will be carried off, […]

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The Pitch Throws A Tight Curve On Eve Of ATAG Report

I’m told that the Airport Terminal Advisory Group co-chairs and our consultants have completed or are nearing completion on the official report that will be given to the mayor. Meanwhile, Steve Vockrodt at The Pitch published an article last night that is a must-read before the ATAG report is released. If nothing else, it is […]

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And So Ends The First Period

Today’s announcement of the ATAG vote is newsworthy as much for the misreporting as for the announcement itself. The group is officially recommending a single terminal – but subject to cost. 25% of the group felt we could not make any recommendation without these cost numbers. (If you count the members who attended a majority of […]

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Time Flies, But Ill-Conceived Terminal Proposals Do Not.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of starting this website. A year of my life that I will never get back, but one that has filled with new friends and has been rewarding, enlightening, at times frustrating and one for which I will be forever grateful. The goal then was the same as it is now: […]

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A Realistic Look At KCI Retail

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There’s a nicely balanced (gasp) piece in the KC Star today discussion the question of retail amenities at KCI. This has become a larger part of the conversation lately and this makes for a good opportunity to clarify some things. A lot of attention has been given lately to the fact that KCI ranks last […]

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City Council Passes Ordinance Requiring Vote On KCI

Check this one off the list… Finally. Did Russ Johnson really abstain after his committee recommended, “Do Pass?” Today’s press release from Citizens for Responsible Government/Friends of KCI: UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION: A check of the Council minutes shows that Councilman Johnson DID abstain on the ordinance that guarantees a vote on airport demolition or construction. […]

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Reality Finally Lands At Our KCI Discussion.

Today was a big day. Today we finally learned from the airlines themselves that not only would a shiny new terminal not attract flights, it might cost us some of the non-stop service we now enjoy. Ron Ricks and Bob Montgomery, the two executives at Southwest Airlines in charge of airport relationships and more or less […]

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Correcting The Narrative.

I admit it. I screwed up. I assumed when Aviation Dept officials and others said or implied that there were no dining options past Southwest security, that they were telling the truth. After all, why would you say something that is so easily proven false? Moreover, of the hundreds of comments I’ve received, none have […]

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KCI Consultant Was Right After All. We Should Look At Sacramento.

Way back in early April at the Council hearing, the Aviation Department’s consultant Mark Perryman suggested that Kansas City look to Sacramento’s new billion dollar terminal project as an example of what Kansas City could expect from a “newer airport that worked well.” At the time, I pointed out that they spent all that money and […]

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Your Questions For The Airlines

As you know, there was a bomb threat this morning just as the Airport Advisory Group was beginning to hear public testimony and receive suggestions for questions to be posed to airline representatives on 12/17. I’m hopeful that a venue will be made available to receive those questions that were not heard. In the meantime, […]

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Once Again, KCI Restaurant Demand Is Simply Not There.

…Even with delayed flights on one of the busiest travel days of the year. One of most frequent claims by proponants of a new terminal is the need for restaurant offerings past the security checkpoints. They say that there is tremendous demand that is not being met. Another claim is that there is tremendous revenue […]

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Facts Support The “Nanny Naysayers”

There was a rather remarkable discussion of KCI on KCPT’s Ruckus last week. For one thing, liberal pundit Mary O’Halloran […]

KCPT Pundits Agree It’s Time For Us To Put Brakes On Terminal Plan.

As noted earlier, Southwest’s very public entry into the KCI terminal discussion is a game-changer.  

LAX Tragedy Offers Security Lessons To KCI Planners.

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The security configuration at KCI has been near the center of terminal planning discussions since the beginning. Proponents of a single […]

So Where Are the REAL Alternatives?

From the beginning, I’ve said that I’m not against a new terminal at KCI per se, but rather that most […]

A KCI For The Future

Ok, I finally found an airport I like even better than KCI. The time from curb to gate was not […]

The Joy Of Obsolete Convenience

A caption under a photo in the Star today was thought-provoking in several ways. First, I see they are still […]

Airport School – Home Study Course

As you’ve likely read, “Airport School” is officially over for the Mayor’s Airport Terminal Advisory Group (aka Task Force, aka […]

Airport Envy Flies To San Diego While KC Star Shills For Terminal

I was able to attend Congressman Sam Graves’ KCI forum in Riverside on Monday. It was standing room only and […]

The Sky Isn’t Falling, Nor Is KCI

Today the Mayor’s KCI Task Force was able to tour the bowels of KCI. One of the ongoing mantras of […]

Another Reason Not To Be Like Indy

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Readers will recall that the new 1.1 billion dollar terminal in Indianapolis was given as an example of what KC […]

An Invitation To The Businesses of Baltimore

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Are you a Baltimore company that employs frequent business travelers? Would you like to improve both company profits and the […]

Must See TV on KCI from KCPT

Nick Haines did an outstanding job moderating a panel discussion on KCI about which I posted earlier this month. Meanwhile, […]

Six Minutes

I dropped someone off curbside at Delta this afternoon at 1:35 and asked him to text me when he was […]

Meanwhile, St. Joe Adds Their Voice

Here is the latest media poll. This appeared in the St. Joseph News Press. Interestingly, the link I had now […]

Not Much Shhhhhh At The Library

Several hundred people turned out this evening for a public forum on KCI sponsored by the Citizens Association and held […]

Star Editorial Continues Strategy of “Take My Word For It”

An editorial in today’s Star at least leaves the door open to alternatives to the single terminal KCI proposal but […]

KC Star Botches Headline But Reveals Some Interesting Numbers

It would seem that the new PR strategy on the single-terminal design is to break the 1.2 billion dollar price […]

And You Thought The KCI Proposal Was Nutty…

A recent survey of 10,000 air travelers by Skyscanner, an online travel service based in the UK, confirms that officials […]