WICHITA — Augusta Municipal Airport manager Lloyd Partin’s latest hope for the airport is a restaurant.
“Most people fly with some sort of intention in their trip,” he says. “It gives people a reason to fly, especially for leisure reasons.”
Partin says the idea would be to lure people flying in for the proverbial $100 hamburger but also attract people driving in from around the area.
He says it’s about giving “another reason why the airport is important.”
Partin says the car rentals that the airport added are used more by nonfliers than those flying in.
There’s a hurdle to a restaurant, though.
“The primary issue right now is having access to a sewer line,” Partin says. “That’s the critical component.”
He says a microsewage treatment plant is a possibility, as is getting a line extended from Andover.
“We were discussing the possibility with the city of Andover,” Partin says. “We’re still working on that and still having discussions with them.”
Ideally, Partin would like a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“That would be my goal,” he says. Having a full-service menu “would be a real benefit.”
“It would be a good location for something like that.”
Partin says he’s spoken with potential operators but doesn’t have anything waiting on the back burner. He says there’s interest, though.
“I think a restaurant, from the airports that have one, is kind of like icing on the cake,” he says. “It brings it full circle in terms of providing a reason for people to get out and fly.”