Jan. 24--Parking at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could go up when a $120 million hourly parking deck opens later this year, officials said.
There are no specifics yet, said Jack Christine, deputy interim aviation director. "We are contemplating some changes to the parking rates," he told the Observer.
"What we're really looking at is the price points for our ultra-premium and premium options, which is really the valet services and our parking decks, and looking to see if those are adequate," Christine said. "There'll be more on that soon."
Christine said the airport is looking at how it should price the hourly parking deck when it opens in November. The new deck is being built across from the terminal. Containing 7,000 spaces total, the deck will have 4,000 parking spaces open to the public and 3,000 for rental cars, which will move into the new facility. Airport officials plan to eventually connect the new deck to the terminal with pedestrian tunnels and elevated, enclosed walkways. Rates at the airport's two daily parking decks could also be affected.
Parking rates at Charlotte Douglas are lower than at many other major hub airports.
For example, Charlotte Douglas charges $7 a day for daily parking in its covered decks, compared with $16 a day at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International. Curbside valet service is $19 a day at Charlotte Douglas and $25, plus tax, at Dallas/Fort Worth International.
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The new daily parking deck at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport opens May 1, and rates are going up.
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.
In adding this service, GSP joins the ranks of other airports around the region. Columbia, Charleston and Charlotte, N.C., all offer valet parking at rates ranging from $14 to $19 a day.
The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to hire an Atlanta-based company to manage the curbside and business valet parking services at Charlotte Douglas International Airport