Carrie Rengers

Wichita's new airport is short on hooks but not on food

Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport's check-in counters on the first day of business. (June 3, 2015)
Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport's check-in counters on the first day of business. (June 3, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

The new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport may be successfully ushering planes in and out of the city, but work is not quite complete there yet.

Much-needed purse hooks in the women’s restrooms – and hooks for men to hang their jackets in their restrooms – are on back order.

“It was not a serious enough fatal flaw … to delay the opening of the terminal,” says director of airports Victor White, laughing.

White says the airport’s six new restaurants are doing well.

The local River City Brewing Co. “has been the biggest star.”

“It is full almost all the time,” White says. “It’s wonderful.”

Chick-fil-A also is doing well, though it’s not open on Sundays.

“They don’t open anywhere, anyhow on a Sunday,” White says.

He says that “was a discussion” when considering what restaurants to have at the new airport.

White says he surveyed other airports with Chick-fil-A restaurants and learned the chain “typically sells more food in six days than a competing concept would in seven days.”

“We said it’s worth the risk,” White says. “It’s proven to be extremely popular as we hoped that it would.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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