RIDING THE WAIVER
Since January 2004, local officials used the free parking program at Houston airports at least 1,700 times.
Average bill waived: $57
Source: City of Houston Aviation Department
Elected leaders will have to reapply for free privilege after abuse concerns.
Austin grants free airport parking - even in the $18-a-night garage - to more than 200 state and local officials and their spouses.
Project includes a new five-gate international terminal, expansion of the existing security checkpoint, and upgrades to the airline's ticketing counter area.
The city's Commerce Department last month told the 35 members of Philadelphia's consular corps that they could no longer park free in garages at Philadelphia International Airport.