In response to passenger feedback, the Durango-La Plata County Airport will accept credit cards for food and beverage
service, and coffee will be offered after passengers pass through security.
Airport Director Ron Dent said the airport is renewing its five-year contract with concessionaire Neil Johnson, and new
conditions will require that Johnson accept credit cards and serve passengers waiting in the departure lounge.
Dent said a $5 minimum for credit-card purchases likely will be required.
The Transportation and Safety Administration requires liquids be ditched before passing through airport security. At
larger airports, customers have food and beverage options after passing through security, and Dent said local flyers
have asked that Durango get with the times.
We're trying to show that flying can be pleasant," he said. We think it's exciting."
The coffee cart should be operational as soon as the plumbing is connected, Dent said. Light snacks also will be
offered on the cart.
The Airport Commission will vote to approve Johnson's renewed lease Thursday. The changes should be in effect when the
lease starts May 1.
Dent said the airport has enjoyed a great 2010. Enplanements in the first quarter were up almost 15 percent from the
first quarter of 2009.