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Eisenhower Airport makes room for Uber

Wichita Eisenhower National Airport has designated three parking spots for the ride-hailing service Uber to pick up passengers.
Wichita Eisenhower National Airport has designated three parking spots for the ride-hailing service Uber to pick up passengers. Courtesy photo

Wichita Eisenhower National Airport officials have opened up space for users and drivers of Uber.

Members of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board were told during its September meeting on Monday that the airport has designated three spaces in a parking lot next to the terminal parking garage for the ride-hailing service to pick up customers.

Brad Christopher, assistant director of airports, told the board that the service has been “gaining considerable ground” in picking up and dropping off customers at Eisenhower, based on the airport’s data.

Uber drivers can drop off passengers at Eisenhower terminal like other users but didn’t have a designated spot to pick up travelers. And officials didn’t want to use the commercial vehicle lane used by taxis and other commercial services such as hotel shuttles.

The three spaces are near the southwest side of the parking garage. Like taxis and others using the commercial vehicle lane, Uber will pay a fee to maintain those spaces, Christopher said. The fee structure for Uber and taxis is expected to be presented to the City Council, acting as the Wichita Airport Authority, next month for approval, he said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the advisory board:

▪ Voted to recommend a new leasing policy for tenants at Eisenhower and Jabara airports. Airport officials said the current leasing policy hadn’t been updated since the early 1990s. The recommendation, which includes reviewing the policy every five years, will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval.

▪ Learned of two new tenants at Eisenhower. Garver, a North Little Rock, Ark.-based engineering, planning and environmental services firm, has leased about four offices in the former Professional Insurance Management building at 2120 Airport Road. And Caldwell Transport has leased Suite 100 in the airport’s Air Cargo building on South Air Cargo Road. Caldwell works with airlines to deliver lost luggage.

▪ Appointed member Thom Rosenberg as chairman and elected member Ron Ryan as vice chairman. Both men will serve one-year terms.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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