Airport parking rates headed up for the second time in three years
Parking at Will Rogers World Airport?
Expect more convenience and higher rates.
Rates for covered parking in Garages B and C are set to increase to $12 per day, a 71 percent increase in the last three years.
New rates take effect May 14.
The Airport Trust approved the new rate schedule Thursday, sending it to the city council for final action. Proposed changes:
• Garages B and C daily rate goes from $9 to $12, up 33 percent.
• Lot 3 covered parking goes from $7 to $9 per day, up 29 percent.
• Uncovered parking in Lot 2 goes from $6 to $7 per day and in Lot 1, the farthest from the terminal, from $5 to $6.
• Hourly parking on the upper deck of Garage A, the two-story garage closest to the terminal, remains $1. One hour or less is still free.
After a two-year delay, premium covered parking for $18 per day opened April 16 in the lower level of Garage A.
Premium parkers who pay at kiosks in baggage claim or the pedestrian tunnel get a separate exit lane, increasing convenience.
And an online reservation system enables travelers to reserve their spot in premium parking in advance, for $5.
Premium parking was expected to open two years ago but was delayed by the need for extensive repairs to Garage A.
Water leaks were the primary problem. Other work included installation of new signs and new access gates.
The last round of increases, approved in late 2016, was expected to bring in $2.4 million in additional parking revenue per year.
Based on those estimates, the 2019 increases would produce an equal amount or more in new yearly revenue.
Premium parking was expected to bring in about $825,000 per year.
Will Rogers has about 6,900 parking spots available for use at any given time, according to a 2016 consultant's report.
In a memo to trustees, Airports Director Mark Kranenburg said about $7.8 million had been spent in the past 18 months to improve parking.
That work included a new system to help arriving drivers quickly find unoccupied parking spaces.
Kranenburg said a new parking study is planned this year.
An additional $17.3 million is to be spent to improve parking over the next five years, he said.