Road Warrior

Food trucks now landing at airports, cellphone lots

Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC
A food truck vendor outside San Francisco International Airport.
Source: SFO Airport

The latest amenities on offer to travelers at airports are not inside—but out.

Motorists waiting to pick up arriving passengers can now grab a snack or a meal from food trucks parked at a growing number of airport cellphone lots, where short-term parking is free for those who stay with their vehicles. At some airports, the cellphone lot is morphing into a full-fledged service plaza, offering everything from sit-down meals to car wash services.

"Airports have recognized that their cellphone waiting lots have great customer-service potential," said Deborah C. McElroy, the interim president of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA.)