Kansas City opens up airport terminal project to bidding

KCI airport has three terminals to serve airlines and their customers, but one of them has been closed since January 2014.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The mayor says he's opening up for bidding the proposed construction of a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. The terminal would replace the three terminals that have served airlines and their customers since the airport opened in 1972.

Sly James publicly announced the action on Tuesday. The mayor said more firms have expressed interest in competing for the project. He says bids would be accepted for the next three weeks.

Kansas City-based engineering company Burns & McDonnell submitted a proposal to design, build and privately finance the new terminal, with exclusive rights to the project.

City leaders would like to put the project up for voter approval in November. Some people like the three-terminal system while others want a single terminal. If the project is approved, the new terminal could go on the site of Terminal A, which has been closed since January 2014.

The city says it's seeking proposals calling for a 750,000-square-foot terminal with 35 gates but expandable to 42, and a parking garage with at least 6,500 spaces. The city would retain ownership and operation of the airport.

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