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Why Do Airports Charge To Park?  
User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

This thread was inspired by another thread that had nothing to do with this, but it gave me the idea.

My question is, Why do airports charge you to park? I mean, I spend money on a ticket, why can't I park for free? Walmart allows me to park for free, and I don't even have to buy anything there.

And even worse, some airports charge more to park than others (generally, the larger the airport, the more parking is.)

Why do I have to pay $20.00 a day at some airports?

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User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

Simple. Captive market.

If Wal Mart charged you to park, you would go to another retailer.

However if you dont like paying $20.00 per day you cant simply go to another airport!



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22718 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 3331 times:



Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Thread starter):
Walmart allows me to park for free, and I don't even have to buy anything there.

Airports are generally monopolies (or, at least, they are far closer to monopolies than Wal-Mart is). That gives them significant pricing flexibility. It's the same reason the bottle of water that is $1 at Wal-Mart is $4 in the terminal.



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User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1607 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

Because the airports have a captive "cash cow" in the parking ... it's not like you can pack your car up in your carry-on. It costs money to build/run an airport, and most airports are in the business of making a profit ... if they didn't charge for parking, you'd pay for it in other ways.

Over here (and back home) even hospitals charge for parking!



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4854 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 3291 times:



Quoting Brenintw (Reply 3):
Over here (and back home) even hospitals charge for parking!

Yes, true.... But I bet the hospital isnt charging $7 for half an hour parking! Based on Sydney Kingsford Smith it would have to be the most expensive...!



up to 1/2 hour
$7

1/2 - 1 hour
$14

1-2 hours
$20

2-3 hours
$24

3-4 hours
$28

4-5 hours
$31

5-24 hours
$41


Each additional day or part thereof $41


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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

In areas with heavy demand, many places charge for parking. Even Neiman Marcus charges for parking in the more urban locations. Some smaller airports don't charge for parking. They also don't have to build huge parking garages like the major airports.

I'm not sure why anyone would park on-site for a trip, unless it was a really quick one. Off site parking places at EWR and PHL are about $10 a day, they're safe and the shuttles always run as advertised.


User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

You can always find a way to get into the employee parking lot. Granted, the only way to do that is work at an airport, but at least its free when you want to travel.


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32600 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 3239 times:



Quoting Brenintw (Reply 3):
and most airports are in the business of making a profit ...

Depends on the country. In the U.S., public airports are not allowed to operate for-profit.



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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Actually, at LaGuardia, the street across the Grand Central Parkway from the airport (Ditmars Boulevard) has (or at least, in 2004, had) free parking, as long as you don't stay over a Thursday afternoon (street-cleaning rules)...and it's right by several of the hotels, so if your legs give out you can always hop on a bus...I actually found that out the "hard" way, after being unable to find a parking spot in ANY of LaGuardia's lots (on or off-airport...the on-airport long-term lot is next to impossible to get a space in)


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
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Quoting Whappeh (Reply 6):
You can always find a way to get into the employee parking lot. Granted, the only way to do that is work at an airport, but at least its free when you want to travel.

We usually do that, my wife works for SAA at JNB so she drops me and the luggage at the terminal then parks at ops and takes the crew bus back. Saves a fortune!



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User currently offlineJimbobjoe From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 3146 times:



Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Thread starter):
Walmart allows me to park for free, and I don't even have to buy anything there.

Though you could have chosen any retailer (like Target) Wal Mart is a special case--they specifically *allow* for overnight parking at any of their stores. RVs are particularly welcome. It's part of their business model (because people wake up in the morning and then they buy stuff.)


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Plus, if parking were free, especially at main airports near big cities without (cheap) parking space, like NYC, London, Amsterdam, many other commuters would dump their car there and then take public transport or a taxi downtown, while the airport has to pay for the area, supervision etc. So with a charge, the invisible hand of capitalism allocates the limited parking space to the people who really need it and are prepared to pay for it, while others choose alternatives.


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User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

If you are going to MEL park for free at Patricks air cargo terminal or in the carpark of the AFCAB building across the road. Its only a short stroll from the terminals


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User currently offlineJayDub From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Can we start charging BR715-A1-30 for every "Captain Obvious" Thread he starts?

User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 2955 times:



Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Thread starter):
My question is, Why do airports charge you to park?

Simple, because they can.


User currently offlineSh0rtybr0wn From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 528 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

Airport parking is a total scam. Complete waste of money. Just like the food at airports. But what can you do? Nobody wants to pay 10 dollars for a stale little chicken wrap and $3.50 for a Coke, but you don't have a choice.
What is it, 125 $ per week to park at JFK and EWR ? Not many people I know want to give rides to those airports either, too hectic.
It's easier cheaper to take the Limousine bus that picks you up at your front door. Let them do the driving.

At least when I fly out of BDL, the long term parking is only $ 40.00 per week. Thats reasonable.


User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 836 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 2909 times:

At BHX if you are dropping someone off or waiting to pick someone up I think they have a free area near the long stay car park but if you want to drop off or pick up near the terminal it is £1 ($2 US) for 10 minutes - used to be free!!

I always park at the NEC train station and then get the sky train if I am on 1 - 2 day trips from BHX as it is only £6 per 24 hours



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User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 2844 times:
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Quoting Sh0rtybr0wn (Reply 15):
At least when I fly out of BDL, the long term parking is only $ 40.00 per week. Thats reasonable.

You can get it even cheaper... Executive in Suffield charges $35/week. Plus it's right next to the hills at runway 24 and you can catch some landings or takeoffs.



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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 2811 times:



Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 14):
Simple, because they can.

 checkmark  Exactly what I was going to say... Because they can.


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 2735 times:



Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 12):
If you are going to MEL park for free at Patricks air cargo terminal or in the carpark of the AFCAB building across the road. Its only a short stroll from the terminals

Heh. When I lived back home (at ELP), since I was a private pilot, I could get away with parking at ELP for free. I just had to park my car at the FBO, and the FBO staff all knew my car...they just didn't know if I was flying commercial or flying myself  Wink

Not that ELP had the worst parking fees in the country: I think a week in long-term ran $20...wish PDX had parking rates like that  Sad



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

Funny thing about this, in Atlanta, the original car rental airport fee was assested to help build GA-400. Georgia 400 is completed and has A TOLL SYSTEM. Yet the government can't tell us why we are still being charged the fee.


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User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2512 times:



Quoting Aa757first (Reply 5):
Off site parking places at EWR and PHL are about $10 a day,

At IAH it can be had for $4+tax per day.

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Thread starter):
My question is, Why do airports charge you to park? I mean, I spend money on a ticket, why can't I park for free? Walmart allows me to park for free, and I don't even have to buy anything there.

In theory... Garages & parking lots cost money to build & maintain. It's fairer to charge for parking than to ask every airport user (including those taking taxis, buses, etc.) to pay for the garages.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2510 times:



Quoting Analog (Reply 22):
In theory... Garages & parking lots cost money to build & maintain. It's fairer to charge for parking than to ask every airport user (including those taking taxis, buses, etc.) to pay for the garages.

Good point!

One thing though, airports generally make money right? (HA!) So why, for the most part, are they so raggedy and always seem to have to pass of costs to its tenants and thus to us as travelers. What are they doing with their money?



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2509 times:



Quoting Analog (Reply 22):
In theory... Garages & parking lots cost money to build & maintain. It's fairer to charge for parking than to ask every airport user (including those taking taxis, buses, etc.) to pay for the garages.

In practice, it's a good money-maker for the airport...  shhh  Of course, the accountant(s) will find some way to bury that money, since government entities can't be making a profit.



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User currently offlineBravoGolf From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 538 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Airports are VERY expensive to build and operate. In the US the FAA pays for most runway construction, but not parking lots. ARFF, a big ticket item, is usually paid by the airport. OH YEA I just sent the runway deicing truck down the runway, only cost $10,000 for the deicing fluid.

25 HAWK21M : When one charges,the Congestion of traffic there reduces.also its some revenue for the airports authoriyu. regds MEL
26 Jhooper : You don't have to pay the parking fee--just don't drive to the airport and park your car! If the value of being able to conveniently park at the airpo
27 Post contains links CAP2008 : Check out unitedairportparking.com. This site saved me a bundle for parking at Port Everglades. Hope it helps
28 EGNR : I had to pay £1.80 last night at MAN to pick up my parents! The 'pick up' areas are short stay car parks, and the fee is £1.80 for up to 30 mins
29 HAWK21M : any Reason?. regds MEL
30 Analog : You had to pay to wait in your car? That sucks. BWI has (had?) the right idea. The first hour in the short term lot is free. That way I'm less likely
31 EGNR : You can't wait in your car. You go through an automatic gate that gives you a ticket. To pay the fee, you have to take the ticket to a 'pay station'
32 Post contains images CAP2008 : I guess I should have tried a few airports before I posted it; though it did give me an option for ATL, as well as the ports of Fort Lauderdale, Miam
33 Jwenting : And remember that airports have to pay for the parking lots and garages as well. Rent on the ground (depending on who actually owns it), property taxe
34 Dw747400 : The hour-free concept was replaced with the "cell-phone lot" about a year ago. Parking charges are the single biggest source of revenue for most airp
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