Parking rates to increase at Piedmont Triad International Airport

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(WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL) — Parking rates are going up by $2 a day at Piedmont Triad International Airport.

In early March, folks parking in PTI’s surface parking lots will pay up to $8 depending on how long their vehicle is at the airport and $10 in the parking deck.

This long-term parking is charged by the hour. It’s free for the first 15 minutes, and then increases $1 for every hour thereafter, for a maximum of $8 a day for surface parking and $10 a day for the deck.

Metered, valet and overflow lot parking rates will remain the same. Also, rates will not change whenever the airport uses its overflow lots.

PTI’s last parking-rate increase was in April 2008.

Kevin Baker, the executive director of the airport, said that the increase is needed for the upkeep of PTI’s parking lots and deck.

“It’s just an ongoing thing,” Baker said. “This is a parking deck that was built 25 years ago. It’s parking lots and roadway systems that were built 30 years ago and they need to be maintained.”

He said it would cost $40 million to rebuild a parking deck.

“Instead, we’re going to spend a few million dollars modernizing it, maintaining it and keeping it updated so that we will have a deck that will last us another 20-plus years,” Baker said.

Baker said that airport officials studied the parking rates of 10 other local and comparable airports and found that even with increases, PTI still has cheaper parking for close-in surface parking lots, except for a $7 fee at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

“If it’s comparing apples-to-apples products, you can’t compare our surface parking lot, which is 300 feet away from the terminal on a very short walk, almost all under roof, with a parking lot that might be $1 cheaper but is a mile away from the terminal and requires a shuttle ride or a long walk,” he said.

As far as parking decks, PTI’s rates are equal to or less than its competitors, Baker said.

Source: Winston-Salem Journal