The new daily parking deck at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport opens May 1, and rates are going up.
The changes mark the first parking-rate increase at the airport since 1995, according to a memo sent late Wednesday to the Charlotte City Council.
The 3,000-space parking deck will cost $1 per hour, up to a $6 per day. Once the deck opens, the daily surface lot will cost the same, up from $4 a day.
The airport will also allow free parking in the hourly parking deck that is closest to the terminal -- but for 30 minutes only. After that, each additional half hour will cost $1. Currently, that deck costs 75 cents per half hour. For quick pick-ups, the airport also recently opened its cell phone lot, which is free.
The remaining surface lots -- which will be called remote and long-term -- will now cost $3 a day, up from $2.75.
Curbside valet parking will remain $19 per day.
The new deck brings the number of parking spots to nearly 17,500. Airport officials say adding parking makes sense because low-fare airlines will attract more local passengers.
The airport stands to gain an estimated $200,000 revenue from the increases, according to Fred Piccolo, president and CEO of the airport.
Parking rates rising at Lambert Annual gross of about $25 million is expected to increase by $3.5 million.
Felicia Brown drives to Lambert Field often enough to know that short-term parking can be a hassle. "It's always hard to find a place near the entrance that is a convenient walk," Brown said...
The 3,000-space deck is in the northwest corner of the airport's daily parking lot. Rates are $1 an hour, up to a maximum of $6 a day.
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