San Antonio reaches deal with FAA over airport Chick-Fil-A

Deal calls for city to offer lease to restaurant, final lease still needs City Council approval

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September 14, 2020 - 9:29 am

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SAN ANTONIO ( -- A Chick-Fil-A might be coming to San Antonio's airport, after a settlement was reached between the Federal Aviation Administration and the City of San Antonio over allegations of discrimination.

According to a letter from FAA officials released Monday morning by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the "informal resolution" to the investigation calls for San Antonio officials to offer Chick-Fil-A a lease opportunity within 45 days.

Paxton appeared on Fox News Sunday to talk about the agreement reached between the FAA and the city.

"Under federal law and under the transportation guidelines, you can't discriminate based on religious views as well," Paxton said, "and so that’s why we were asking the Department of Transportation to look at this because they control funding for airports and obviously they regulate those airports. And so we asked them to review that and asked them to consider whether there was a violation of First Amendment rights and the Constitution and guidelines of the Transportation Department and they found there clearly were and fortunately the city has agreed to backtrack and give Chick-fil-A a lease opportunity."

The San Antonio City Council voted 6-4 to exclude Chick-Fil-A from an airport concession package in March 2019, in what some council members called the company’s alleged "legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior."

Councilman Roberto Trevino, who made the motion for the vote, later said that "we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior."

Despite the agreement between the city and the FAA, the chicken restaurant being able to set up shop in the airport isn't a done deal, according to a City statement released Sunday to KSAT-TV.

"The FAA has not ordered the City of San Antonio to have Chick-Fil-A at its airport," the statement reads. "The City itself offered to resolve the FAA investigation informally following Chick-Fil-A’s publicly stated change-of-position on its charitable giving policy. The City maintains that at no point did it discriminate against Chick-Fil-A. Any placement of Chick-Fil-A at the San Antonio Airport is ultimately contingent on Chick-Fil-A’s continued interest and approval by the City Council."

The FAA says it will monitor the City's actions, and if necessary, re-open the investigation into the discrimination allegations.

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