BANGOR – The number of travelers flying in and out of Bangor is going up, according to Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso.
Nearly two months ago, the current owners of the Bangor News & Gifts store in the airport, Stellar Partners, said they would not be renewing their lease after the end of this year.
“In light of that, we’re working with the two remaining concessions, the Grasshopper Shop and Bangor Airport Food Services, so our customers won’t see any lapse in service,” said Caruso.
On Monday night, Bangor city councilors approved lease extensions for the two concessions still in the airport.
“We really want to make people feel like they’re in Maine when they step off the airplane,” Caruso added. “It’s certainly something we’ll work with both concessions on as we work through our master plan process.`”
Caruso said they plan on conducting a terminal study in the near future to see what amenities they could add and if they could utilize the space better.
Passengers at the airport on Monday spoke about what they want to see.
“I like to travel to different airports and see a lot of different foods they have,” said a Bangor resident just returning from a trip. “Sometimes I wish prices were a little lower.”
“I like it when they have local food options rather than the national chains,” said another passenger.
With the lease extensions, the Grasshopper Shop and Bangor Airport Food Services will be serving travelers for at least five more years.