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New airport parking rates in effect

Everyone parking at the airport will pay the new rates from this day forward. That's $18 a day maximum for the garage, a $2 increase. Long-term is a dollar more at $11 and economy went from $7 to $9 daily.
/ Source: WTHR-TV

Indianapolis - To offset costs, parking rates at the Indianapolis International Airport are going up Tuesday.

Everyone parking at the airport will pay the new rates from this day forward. That's $18 a day maximum for the garage, a $2 increase. Long-term is a dollar more at $11 and economy went from $7 to $9 daily.

If someone's stay spans this transition, a computer system keeps track of which days fall under the old rates, and which days fall under the new rates.

"If someone parked on August 31st and continued and had a trip that was two or three days, they would pay the rate that's in affect August 31st, and then they would subsequently be charged the rate that goes into affect September 1st," said Susan Sullivan, Indianapolis International Airport.

Despite public opinion against the increase, the airport authority says it also must generate more revenue during this recession to offset a $15 million shortfall.

Fewer people flying means passenger traffic is down 11%. Instead of raising the maximum rate to $22 a day, the price charged at the old airport terminal, the Airport Authority opted for a moderate 28-percent increase of $1 to $2.

Indianapolis' garage rates are still cheaper than most other Midwest airports including Chicago, St Louis, Columbus, and Milwaukee, but economy rates are higher.