Airport considers more parking changes

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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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