Airport parking rate taking off

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 04:00 AM

Passengers leaving their cars overnight or during other long periods of time at Piedmont Triad International Airport will pay more to park later this year.
The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority this week decided to raise the rate for long-term parking in its deck and at outdoor lots. The fee for short-term parking won’t change.
Long-term parking rates will increase by up to $2 a day around the first of March, said PTIA Executive Director Kevin Baker. Even with the increase, the long-term parking cost at PTIA will be less across the board than neighboring airports such as Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Baker told The High Point Enterprise.
The maximum daily parking deck fee will increase from $8 to $10 per vehicle, while the outdoor lot charge will go up from $6 to $8 per day. The short-term hourly parking rate will remain $1 per hour.
The long-term parking rate increase is the first one at the airport in almost five years, Baker said.
PTIA’s governing board examined parking rates at 10 comparable airports and found that PTIA’s charges were the lowest on average, Baker said. The average long-term parking deck charge, for example, was more than $14 per day.
“Even after the increase, this leaves us with lower, across-the-board (parking) rates than virtually every other offering out there,” Baker said.
The deck contains approximately 2,000 parking spaces, while the various long-term outdoor lots offer about 2,000 spaces.
The proceeds from the extra parking revenue, expected to total an additional $1.8 million annually, will go toward upgrades and repairs for the deck, resurfacing of parking lots and other infrastructure improvements.
“Our consultants say the parking deck has another 25 years in it. But in order to get that 25 years, we have to do some work on it,” Baker said. “Our reasoning is based around the need to repair the infrastructure and to have the revenue source to do that.” | 888-3528