The Kansas City Aviation Department (KCAD) and developer Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate have broken ground on the $1.5bn terminal at the Kansas City International Airport in the US.

The new single terminal, which will be constructed at the site of the demolished Terminal A, will transform and modernise the current three-terminal layout at the airport.

Terminals B and C will continue to be operational during the construction of the new integrated project, but will be demolished upon the transfer of operations to the new integrated terminal.

Designed by the Chicago-based Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill (SOM), the new terminal is scheduled to become operational by 2023.

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It will provide more than 1,000,000ft² of space for improved and efficient security, ample amenities and more bathrooms.

“On behalf of the entire airline community, we are excited to be part of this journey and celebrate such an incredible milestone for the city.”

The new replacement terminal will include 39 gates with an option to increase the number up to 50 gates as per the future requirements.

A parking garage will be constructed adjacent to the terminal building that will be able to accommodate up to 6,300 cars.

Plans also include the construction of a central utility plant, and landside and airside improvements. A new apron area to be built around the new terminal will also include new fuel hydrants.

Southwest Airlines airport affairs senior regional leader Kyle O’Neal said: “On behalf of the entire airline community, we are excited to be part of this journey and celebrate such an incredible milestone for the city.

“The new terminal will support more efficient airline operations and allow airport users to enjoy the convenience of modern air travel in a facility with updated technology and amenities, close parking, spacious gate areas, and ample food and beverage options.”

Edgemoor has teamed up with design-builder Clark | Weitz | Clarkson (CWC) to construct the new terminal.

The construction joint venture has collectively completed more than 40 aviation projects across the US.

During the construction phase of the terminal, the project is likely to generate up to 5,000 jobs.

The new terminal project will be funded through 100% tax-exempt debt, which is the most cost-effective approach for the project.