If you like flying in and out of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) and you like to drive your car there and park – well, soon you’ll be paying more to do so.
The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority – the seven-member board that runs the airport – is expected to unanimously vote to approve the price increases at the board’s December meeting.
Currently, the plan calls for the rate increases to go into effect on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.
Airport officials are justifying the increases in a number of ways. For one, the airport has made major renovations to its parking areas and parking systems in recent years. In fact, in the last four years, the airport has spent more than $4 million on parking lot improvements and new parking technology – and the Airport Authority wants future parking revenues to cover that large investment.
Meanwhile, the airport has kept the current parking rates the same for the past nine years, while PTIA’s peer airports on average raise rates roughly once every four years.
The Airport Authority hired a parking fee consultant to study parking rates at other comparable airports and make recommendations regarding the appropriate rates for PTIA.
The new rates expected to be adopted at the next meeting are as follows:
•Economy Lots at the airport will be $10 per day and $2 per hour for any day less than five hours.
• The Central Garage, which includes Levels 1 through 3 of the parking garage, will cost $12 per day and $2 per hour for any day less than six hours.
The Premium Deck (Level 4 of the parking garage) will be $15 per day and $3 per hour for any day less than five hours.
Also “parking for a partial hour shall count as a full hour, parking in the Economy Lots and in the Premium Deck for five hours or more shall count as a full day, and parking in the Central Garage for six hours or more shall count as [a] full day.”