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Notes from the airport: Fees for taxis and new TSA offices

Travelers at the ticket counters in the terminal of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.
Travelers at the ticket counters in the terminal of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. File photo

The city’s Airport Advisory Board met Monday afternoon for its March meeting.

Here are a few items of note that the board discussed:

▪ The Wichita Airport Authority staff is considering whether to develop a schedule of fees for taxis, shuttles and other commercial ground transportation to pay for use of the commercial pickup lanes outside the new Wichita Eisenhower National Airport terminal. Director of Airports Victor White told board members he anticipates further discussion on the topic sometime this spring, although any kind of plan could be months away.

▪ Work is underway to repair and replace the concrete outside of Gates 10 and 11 in the new terminal. The gates couldn’t be used by airlines because of their proximity to the old terminal’s west passenger bridge, demolition of which is complete. John Oswald, airport engineering and planning manager, said the concrete that will support aircraft parking at those gates will be 14 inches thick, compared with nine-inch thick concrete around the airplane parking areas.

▪ The Transportation Security Administration plans to move into an unfinished space on the second floor of the new terminal. Its offices are currently in the portion of the old terminal that has not been razed. White told the board the design phase of the new TSA space is 50 percent complete and he expects bids for work on finishing the new space to be let sometime in May.

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