Airport Cellphone Lots Dish Up Food as Well as Parking

Motorists waiting to pick up arriving passengers can now grab dinner from food trucks parked at airport cellphone lots


Motorists waiting to pick up arriving passengers can now grab dinner from food trucks parked at airport cellphone lots, where short-term parking is free for those who stay with their vehicles. Today's cellphone lots are starting to offer far more than just a place to park your car, with services ranging from sit-down meals to car wash services.

The airport food truck trend started with Tampa International Airport in Florida,where in 2012 food trucks were allowed to park at its cellphone lot during a curbside parking rule transition. That program worked so well that a different food truck pulls into the cellphone lot every weekday, with the schedule posted on the airport's Facebook page.

Other airports now hosting food trucks in their cellphone lots include Tucson International Airport, Long Beach Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Other airports are now joining in. Seattle-Tacoma International and Phoenix Sky Harbor International airports are among those exploring adding food trucks to cellphone lots and Sacramento International Airport in California just put out a request for proposals.

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