ldai_phs wrote:The New Terminal has the double the capacity we currently use. I doubt we would need to use the other terminals. Also keep in mind that they will be in a veryyy bad shape in 2026 unless we spend many millions to keep them maintained and up to date
They will have to be maintained while we are building the new terminal and shouldn't be too far out of service when the games come. I just think the new terminal will be way overcome with that amount of visitors. And if you have royalty from Saudi Arabia all flying in with their 747s, it might be good to have a private place to put them without having to limit flights. They say that every game in the WC is like a Super Bowl.
It's not the building condition that matters, it's the operations aspect.
Think about the absurdity of spending money on a major facility to be open for a week or two.
You're going to have 12 months of lead time to figure out an operational plan to reopen a closed terminal. Anything with federal approval involved takes time. After approval staff will need to be hired and trained which will take another six months (It can take the city several months just to hire someone) These aren't people taking calls in a call center but air traffic control, mechanics, and such. Airlines have to also hire and place their staff in the facility and train them after the facility is ready. You have to test everything inside and out from door operations to the luggage system to if the toilets flush, bring airline systems online.
If an existing terminal is supposed to open in time for a 2026 event after being closed in 2021 they would probably need to begin planning to reopen it in 2023 or 2024.
Also, if you think royalty from Saudi Arabia wouldn't be flying on a private plane into MKC or Johnson County Executive......