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Officials Look For Solutions To Airport Parking Jams

Jul 28, 2019

The short-term parking lot at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport
Credit Piktin County

 


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.