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Indianapolis International Airport plans to tweak another parking area, this time designating 260 spaces closest to the terminal for people who intend to spend a short time inside.

The maximum daily charge for the new hourly parking area on the third floor of the terminal garage will be $48, instead of $18 in the rest of the garage, according to a proposal that will go before the Indianapolis Airport Authority Friday morning.

The rate for hourly parking anywhere in the garage will stay the same, $2 per half-hour. Parkers would have to spend more than 4-1/2 hours in the designated zone to exceed the $18 cap.

Airport spokesman Carlo Bertolini said the proposed short-term parking zone is aimed at people greeting friends and family or attending meetings at the airport.

“This is more to affect passenger behavior in that area,” Bertolini said. Airport officials want to encourage frequent turnover in the area, which Bertolini said will be comparable in convenience to the valet parking area.

The airport authority plans to roll out various parking changes this summer but doesn’t contemplate any other fee changes, Bertolini said. A public hearing on the proposal for hourly parking will be held at the board meeting in June. If approved, the new area would be created sometime after the hearing, Bertolini said.

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  • Valet Service
    Hopefully they will keep the quality young men in tact that work as the airport valets. I've had the pleasure of getting to know most of them and they provide excellent customer service and do an all around tremendous job.
  • Competition is Good
    Competition seems to be getting the Airport Authority into a user friendly mode, as opposed to the rip off they have been operating under. $2 per half hour is still a rip, but at least one can do a quick park and meet arrivals-departures without walking a 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Although $2 per full hour for the temp area would be a little more friendly! How will this be enforced without abuse?
  • One Size Doesn't Fit All
    Pricing should be used to modify behavior, but it also should reflect an organizations values. Choosing a parking place is not a choice for some people with disabilities especially in the winter months regardless of punitive pricing. The Indianapolis Airport needs to re institute the long term parking rate pricing for the handicap parking in the covered garage next to the terminal to be more customer friendly.

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