Officials are looking for solutions to packed parking lots at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.
Airport director John Kinney said there’s a shortage of about 120 spots at the Aspen airport, even after officials relocated rental cars and paved a dirt lot late last year. Officials say people who are not traveling are also using the airport’s long-term parking lot.
Plus, the airport had to remove short-term parking right in front of the terminal, since the Transportation Security Administration mandated that area be used only for quick drop-offs and pick-ups.
Officials are now considering raising rates at the long-term lot and looking at using available space at the airport for new parking areas. There are also plans to build a “cell phone lot," where people can wait to pick up travelers.
Pitkin County Commissioners will discuss the issue at their meeting next week.