Wall Street Journal: We’re Flying Again But There’s No Place to Park

A parking lot packed with vehicles.
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As the number of people willing to fly again grows, the number of cars in airport parking lots is also rising, adding stress to travelers, writes Allison Pohle for the Wall Street Journal.

At Philadelphia International Airport the problem has been compounded by construction work limiting parking access there.

More people reserve parking ahead these days, leaving even fewer spaces for travelers who just show up.

High demand is triggering higher prices to park.  Ride-shares, drop-offs, taxis, and public transportation are being encouraged as alternatives.

 “All those people that are thinking they’re going to have spaces where they’ve always parked—they may not be there,” says Mark VanLoh, chief executive of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which oversees the Florida city’s airport.

Business travelers used to take the premium spots closest to the airport. Now, leisure travelers are staking a claim after being turned away from less expensive lots.

In a strange twist in Los Angeles, airport parking has exceeded 2019 levels, even though passenger levels are only 75% of what they were in 2019.

Parked cars at New York’s three major airports are staying much longer than previously, fueling a capacity crunch.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal about ongoing parking issues at airports. 

Here’s a 2020 video with tips for airport parking.