Carrie Rengers

Wait … was that a jet bridge sitting at Sam’s?

If you happened to be whizzing past the Sam’s Club parking lot on West Kellogg this week and thought you saw an airport jet bridge, you were not seeing things.

The first of two more jet bridges for the new terminal at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is being installed this week.

The Sam’s parking lot was an overnight stopping point for the bridge before its scheduled Tuesday morning arrival at the airport.

Airport operations manager Ty Richardson says a lot of people may have thought the new terminal is finished, but it’s not.

That’s because the proximity of the old terminal prevented it.

Jet bridges 10 and 11 couldn’t be installed until the back half of the old terminal was demolished, as it now has been.

At the old terminal, everything from the security checkpoint south is now gone. The front half is still there and won’t be completely demolished until next year.

Richardson says the last jet bridge is still at the factory.

“It’ll be making its way this coming weekend likely,” he says.

If you want to know when it arrives, just check the Sam’s parking lot.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers