Court rejection ends legal course to reopen airport

 - May 15, 2008, 5:46 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to hear an appeal of the 1999 closing of Richards-Gebaur Memorial Airport near Kansas City, Mo., ends the legal attempts to reopen the site as an airfield. AOPA had sued the FAA, contending the agency had “abused its discretion” when it released Kansas City from its obligation to maintain the airport as a condition for accepting federal funding. In addition, AOPA contended that as a former military airport, Richards-Gebaur was subject to the Surplus Property Act, which meant it must be operated as an airport in perpetuity.