New Kansas City airport design plans expand

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The new Kansas City International airport will now be bigger than originally planned.

City and airline officials announced Thursday that the new airport will have 39 gates instead of the 35 originally proposed. The new plan will also allow for a future expansion of 42 gates.

According to the Kansas City Star, the additions push back the scheduled opening of the airport, which was originally planned for November 2021. A new opening date was not discussed.

The change in terminals also increases the estimated cost of the project, which was originally $964 million dollars. Taxpayer money will not be used, but rather financed by the developer, Edgemoor.