County Announces Deal with FirstAir Group to run Gateway Café at Greater Binghamton Airport

Broome County Legislator and Airport Board member Ron Keibel was joined County Executive Debbie Preston, Commissioner of Aviation Dave Hickling, and Kurt Holden from FirstAir Group Inc. to announce a new deal to run the restaurant and concessions at the Greater Binghamton Airport.

The new restaurant will be known as the Gateway Café.

“We are excited to have a local company take over operations of the café and concessions at the Greater Binghamton Airport,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “We wish to thank Subway for their years of service to the travelers in and out of Broome County.”

The deal, which runs through December 31, 2019, will provide Broome County with a minimum of 4 percent from restaurant and food sales as well as a minimum of 8 percent of vending and gift shop sales.

“FirstAir Group has a vested interest in the passenger’s experience at the Greater Binghamton Airport,” says FirstAir Group Director of Aviation Kurt Holden. “We are excited to showcase the Gateway Café and enhance the passenger travel as they commute in and out of the airport.”

The menu in the Gateway Café will be very similar to the previous menu of deli style sandwiches, wraps, Paninis and salads.

FirstAir Group will add soups, pizza and grilled sandwiches to the menu in the near future.

“Many people don’t realize how many people rely on the restaurant for food or a drink before boarding a flight,” says Commissioner of Aviation Dave Hickling. “The Gateway Café also provides people with a last opportunity to buy a souvenir commemorating their trip to Broome County.”

“FirstAir Group and Broome County have had a great working relationship,” said Legislator and Airport Board member Ron Keibel. “I look forward to our continued partnership and serving the visitors of the Greater Binghamton Airport.”

FirstAir Group is currently a fixed base operator at the Greater Binghamton Airport and has a maintenance facility at the Elmira/Corning regional airport.

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03/05/2015 - 4:38pm