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The debate is officially over. According to USA Today, Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is getting a new $1 billion terminal. The city approved the plan with a “3-to-1 margin” on Tuesday.

The current airport’s design includes three terminals dating back 45 years which apparently do not meet today’s security requirements. The new version will feature only one terminal, providing more space for “larger jets” along with updated security that meets all regulations.

USA Today says those in favor of the replacement think the new design will not only allow for more direct flights (currently only Delta, United, and Southwest provide direct flights while Spirit and American Airlines offer connecting flights) but also will brighten travelers’ overall view of the city. The new design plans for more retail shops as well. 

KCI single terminal rendering provided by The Kansas City Star
KCI single terminal rendering provided by The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star reported the project won’t begin until next fall. City Manager Troy Schulte expects the terminal to be working by 2021.

Maryland’s own Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, the mastermind behind the new terminal, will create “an H-shaped structure with two concourses and 35 gates.”

KCI single terminal rendering provided by The Kansas City Star
KCI single terminal rendering provided by The Kansas City Star

The other two terminals will likely be replaced with parking and valet amenities. 

H/T: USA Today

Featured image by The Kansas City Star

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