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Hampton Inn plans hotel at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

As work continues on a new terminal building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, developers are planning to open a new hotel on the airport property.

A group of investors plans to open a Hampton Inn at the airport, with a targeted opening in early 2016.

The hotel is in its design stage, said Victor White, Wichita Airport Authority director of airports.

Hotelier Raju Sheth and a group of investors formed Wichita Airport Hotel LLC to build and operate a limited service hotel on the airport’s property on Harry across from Honeywell.

“It’s spectacular because it provides another price point opportunity for choices for customers on the hotel and additional revenue for the airport,” White said.

The new hotel will replace the Hampton franchise at West Street and Kellogg. The facility’s license with the Hilton Corp., which operates the Hampton hotels, will expire in January 2017.

It likely will become another hotel brand, White said. Sheth is not connected with that hotel, White said.

The investment group will invest a minimum of $12 million in private funds to build and equip the hotel, according to the Wichita City Council agenda.

It will be at least 100,000 square feet with about 110 rooms.

“It will be a quality hotel with a swimming pool,” White said. It won’t have a restaurant but it will serve a continental breakfast, he said.

The lease agreement has been signed by both parties, he said.

It will run for 30 years with two 10-year options, according to a Wichita City Council past agenda.

Some of the partners in Wichita Airport Hotel operate several new hotels in the region, including a Holiday Inn Express in Maize, a Fairfield Inn and a Holiday Inn in Hutchinson and a Staybridge Suites in the Kansas City area.

Some of the investors will also be the owners and the operator of the new Marriott Spring Hill Suites now under construction at the entrance to the airport on Kellogg.

In the meantime, work continues on the new terminal building and parking garage.

The terminal will open in about 150 days, said terminal program manager Pat McCollom.

It will have two CNBC stores and another more comprehensive retail store, he said, plus food service.

A new telephone system was installed two weeks ago and tested.

The terrazzo floor is about 80 percent completed on the terminal’s first floor, McCollom said.

Construction of the baggage handling system is ongoing. And manufacturers will begin building the first passenger boarding bridge soon, he said.

A meeting has been held with a team from Clear Channel, and 65 advertising spaces have been identified to offer to potential advertisers in the terminal.

They will first offer the advertising space to current advertisers in the airport, McCollom said.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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