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.
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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.”