Friday, April 12, 2013
On Tuesday, the Wichita City Council approved a kiosk at Mid-Continent Airport for a private transportation company called Tornado Transit.
"What we're really trying to do is improve transportation and logistics at the airport," said Mitchell Weber, owner.
The two-year-old company provides private transportation to and from the airport by charging a flat rate fee.
"We're basically giving travelers in and out of Wichita the same options that they're used to in other cities such as Chicago and Dallas," said Weber.
Ground transportation at the airport is dominated by cab services. Best Cabs has 45 cars in their fleet, while Tornado Transit has four.
"I don't see where they'll be much of a competition," said Timothy Armbrust, Best Cabs manager. "We have our regulars that come in and out of there, so I don't think it will hurt us too much."
Weber said his fleet of vehicles are more luxurious and his business model is focused around service.
"We provide a little bit of extra service that they may not get from other providers out there," he said.
The agreement allows Tornado Transit to operate a small counter space near the baggage claim area. The company will pay $100 per month to rent the space, currently unoccupied.
Weber expects to have the counter operational by the end of the month.