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Favorite local fried chicken chain flies right into Austin airport

Favorite local fried chicken chain flies right into Austin airport

Flyright Chicken Austin airport
Flyright is now feeding travelers with an airport location. Photo courtesy of Flyright Chicken

Crossing the road is so passé. True chicken trendsetters are now traveling by jet thanks to a new location of locally born chain Flyrite Chicken, which swooped into the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport last month.

The popular fast food spot first debuted at the airport on March 16 and is now serving seven days a week. The outpost is the third Flyrite to open in Austin following the original on East Seventh Street shop in January 2016 and a second on Burnet Road in January 2017.

Keeping with the company ethos, the new store will offer “guilt-free convenience.” According to a release, that means keeping an eye out for the health of customers and the environment. All of the chicken is vegetarian-fed and antibiotic-free, and packaging is both compostable and recyclable.

“At Flyrite, we only work with and source from companies that have a similar vision, and share in our belief in the bigger picture: the health and sustainability of our entire planet,” says director of operations Dallas Miller in the release.

Like its two drive-thru cousins, the mini version of the restaurant offers an assortment of chicken dishes like tenders, salads, wraps, and sandwiches. For an additional cost, guests can “superfly” any sandwich by topping it with pepper jack, bacon, fresh jalapeños, kale slaw, and Sriracha mayo.

For early travelers, Flyrite will also serve a variety of traditional breakfast tacos stuffed with bacon, sausage, potato, or chile-chicken sausage until 10:30 am. The popular chicken and waffle wrap will also be on the menu to help brighten red-eye flyers' day.

Due to ABIA’s grab-and-go policy, the eatery will also offer one other mood-lifter — a selection of local craft beers.

Additional services, such as call-ahead ordering, will be added in the coming weeks. For now, the restaurant is squawking about daily service from 5 am to 8 pm.