The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors has voted unanimously in favor of a single new terminal for KCI Airport.
"While so many of us have loved KCI over the years, it's definitely out of date and time for a change," said Chamber President Jim Heeter.
Many Kansas City residents like KCI just the way it is and don't want to see an end to the three-terminal design.
But KCI is 40 years old, and was conceived before terrorism and security threats were a major factor in aviation. It has far more security officials to cover far more gates than most airports. It is also not easily adapted to all the airline mergers and consolidations.
The Chamber said a single terminal would fix the situation where Terminal B is often overcrowded and Terminals A and C are underused.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity to improve the quality of air service to Kansas City, and in the process, take a visionary step that will provide enormous benefits to Kansas City's job base and financial health," Heeter said.
The city's latest proposal calls for tearing down the current Terminal A and building a new terminal on that site. Terminal B would likely be torn down and Terminal C could be retrofitted and leased as office space.
The Aviation Department's final recommendation is expected early next year. It would still have to be approved by the City Council, federal aviation officials and the airlines.