Officials consider privatizing Kansas City airport

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | 11:36 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City officials are considering applying for federal approval to privatize the airport.

Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs confirmed Tuesday that city officials are discussing applying for one of the remaining spots in a federal program to privatize airports.

Officials say the sale of Kansas City International Airport to private operators could bring in about $1 billion in cash for city operations and construction projects.

Airport officials say they have found no major downfalls to having private operators.

Skaggs says so far only two council members are unwilling to explore the idea.

Mayor Mark Funkhouser says there is no downside to pursuing a private lease, but he wants voters to approve a final deal.

A deal would do little to help this year's $85 million budget shortfall.

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