Kansas airport team vows to fight on

The team behind the proposed $1bn Kansas City International Airport project has insisted it remains committed to the scheme after the local authority rejected the plan.

Kansas City Council last week voted to reject an ordinance that would have authorized the execution of a memorandum of understanding outlining the terms of the deal.

In a statement responding to the decision, the KCI Edgemoor Team, comprising Edgemoor, Clark Construction and Meridiam, among others, said it wanted to be “afforded the opportunity to continue negotiations and develop solutions”.

The organization said it was only made aware of new concerns during a meeting on the day of the council vote, and therefore believes it should be given an opportunity to “address all areas of concern.

“We are confident we can reach an agreement that will continue this great region’s momentum and enable Kansas City to bring to life a game-changing gateway for generations to come,” it added.

However, during the council meeting, Councilman Lee Barnes Jr. introduced a resolution calling for the project to be progressed with Aecom, which came second in the bidding process. That will now be discussed in committee.

Kansas City residents backed the Edgemoor plans for a new terminal in a vote held last month.