San Antonio airport banned Chick-fil-A from opening there due to what they see as the chain’s political beliefs. Buffalo airport quickly followed suit. San Jose airport plans to combat Chick-fil-A with rainbow flags.
I think Chick-fil-A is a great option, but I don’t like that they’re closed Sundays which is one of the biggest travel days of the week. I think it’s reasonable for an airport authority to want every restaurant location to open 7 days to serve passengers, just as they often require every location open for breakfast even if they don’t traditionally serve breakfast.
I don’t think, however, that a public airport authority ought to make decisions about which chains can open on premises based on the beliefs or donations of the company or its founders.
However I had a suggestion for airports that are reluctant to allow Chick-fil-A, or that want chicken sandwich goodness available to passengers seven days: Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches.
Flyrite oddly didn’t start as an airport chicken chain. They have two brick and mortar locations in Austin, Those stores participate in a coalition loyalty program. Now there’s a location at the Austin airport, run by Delaware North. It opened in March. Chicken and waffles for breakfast, friend and grilled chicken for lunch.
The three year old chain was started as an upscale competitor to Chick-fil-A.
If you make it through Austin, they’re located near the American and United clubs and the Salt Lick barbecue. In fact they’re where Schlotzky’s and Salt Lick used to be, beside East Side Pies and Amy’s Ice Cream.
The place is hard to miss:
This is “The Cowboy” which is “spicy crispy chicken sandwich topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, fresh jalapenos and hoss sauce.” And it was ordered with tater tots.
Airports can have chicken sandwiches, regardless of their politics.