im2kull wrote:Highlander wrote:WoodDraw wrote:Missouri could undercut any Kansas airport in one day. The state would have to issue the bonds and even then...
One of the main points the recent proposals made was that kci has runway infrastructure that other cities would beg for. A Kansas airport is a pipedream.
A second airport is not that much of a pipe dream. Kansas has pursued using New Century in Olathe for commercial flights before (they made a fairly concerted push in the late 80's) but could never get an airline to sign on. New Century is the formal Olathe Naval Air Station and has runways that can handle large commercial jets. New Century's long runway can handle 737's in both wet and dry conditions - that's the largest jet that currently flies into KCI.
Kansas isn't going to replace KCI but the idea of a second competing airport isn't as far fetched as people think it is. All they need is an airline to agree and FAA approval. They certainly have the nearby customer base that would more than welcome it. If a new terminal is voted down by Kansas City, I believe this could and probably will happen at some point in the not too distant future.
Please don't comment on things you have no professional experience with. Please. Suggesting new century is a laughable idea. I'll leave it at that.
Give me a break. Johnson County aggressively pursued bringing commercial flights into New Century in the 80's and came damn close to pulling it off. They were not trying to supplant KCI, but they were absolutely trying to secure regularly scheduled commercial flights. The runways are long enough to handle the vast majority of flights that come into KCI. The airport presently doesn't have the complete infrastructure to handle commercial flights nor did it in the 80's but that is not an insurmountable problem. Let's be perfectly honest hear, Kansas has the political will to do this. They certainly have a nearby market and it's not a stretch to think that an airline, either one present now at KCI or one entering the market, may view a Johnson County airport as a competitive advantage over KCI and the airlines that are entrenched there.