published on July 18, 2018 - 12:57 PM
Written by Edward Smith

Travelers, airport staff, and even Cilantro Gomez — one of the Fresno Grizzlies’ mascots — welcomed the arrival of Fresno Yosemite International Airport’s new taco cart, Runway Tacos.

The 13-foot mobile truck serving the famed Mexican fare was designed to meet a growing and “constant demand for additional food offerings,” according to Kevin Meikle, director of aviation for FYI.

Only needing two people to operate, the cart can be transported to various locations inside the airport or even out to the cellphone waiting area, meaning late-night arrivals will have more options for eating, especially after the other airport restaurants close, said Meikle.

“At 8, 9, 10 at night, it’s perfect,” he said.

With options ranging from chicken to pork to barbacoa, hungry tourists can have their tacos adorned with sour cream, pico de gallo, cilantro or rice and beans, should customers want a vegetarian option.

The tacos, like the other food in the airport, are prepared by concessionaire HMS Host, who had been trying to develop more “grab-and-go” options, according to Damien Chaptinel, director of operations for HMS.

Airport management brought on Runway Tacos at a time when the airport has experienced record numbers of travelers. During fiscal year 2018, over 800,000 passengers departed from FYI, meaning an estimated 1.6 million people came through the airport, according to Meikle.

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