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Thursday May 28 2015
12:02 PM EDT
2014-01-15 at 19:07

Opening up

By Jamie Smith,

People who want to park closer to the airport longterm will be able to do so starting next month if they pay a little extra.

As of Jan.31 the Thunder Bay International Airport Authority will allow long-term parking in the short term lot for $19.99 per day. Currently there is a three-hour maximum time limit on the lot.

"That's basically being lifted," president and CEO Scott McFadden said.

The 400 long-term spaces will still be available for $12 per day. This is just a way to let people who want "premium parking" park a little closer.

"We have had some comments about being able to park closer to the terminal," McFadden said.

The main issue though is demand. The 100 short term spaces are rarely full while the airport continues to see an increase in long-term parking.

"If they're willing to pay a little more to do it that allows us to control the availably of space," McFadden said.

Short-term parking rates will remain unchanged.

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David28 says:
Again, more deleted comments. This site is terrible just because a few people whine and get comments taken down
1/16/2014 4:16:31 PM
Leith Dunick says:
Nah, we just don't encourage people with 25 different user names to post here. The majority of your posts are either racist or you try to pick fights with our readers. Therefore you and all your aliases have been banned.
1/16/2014 11:31:58 PM
nads74 says:
1) Seriously THIS is news?

2) There does need to be more cell phone parking and yes it would be easier to check the flights if they had a mobile app (which they don't for my phone 'android').
I am there monthly to pick up my husband from work, the flight lands usually on time but not always. If I have to circle because the cell lot is full then that's what I have to do!
Him taking a cab at roughly $70 each way (and I'm in city limits) is NOT an option.

Closer long term parking, give me a break has anyone who used our airport ever looked at other cities parking spots...YOU HAVE TO GET SHUTTLED TO THE LOT THEY ARE SO FAR AWAY!

1/16/2014 3:11:01 PM
dynamiter says:
Why do we need a sign? most airports have signs saying the flight has arrived. Others have signs saying ready for pick up. Just because a flight is scheduled for a certain time doesnt mean that it is on time. How about having a free 30 minutes like most airports - including Calgary has - you drive through get a ticket - if you are over 30 minutes you pay for the whole time - if under you put your ticket in and the gate opens. If the goal is to get people out of driving lanes this would do it.
1/16/2014 2:37:30 PM
Winger says:
Why should anybody have to pay for parking there in the first place?

You're paying for the services of the airport otherwise you wouldn't be there in the first place. So, why do they extort money out of their patrons?

Intercity mall doesn't charge you to park because you are their customer, why is it different for the airport?

could it be greed?
1/16/2014 1:35:14 PM
bttnk says:
This tells you all you need to know about the Thunder Bay mentality. People have actually complained that the long-term lot that is literally a stones throw from the terminal, is not close enough and they want to park 50 feet closer. Is it any wonder why there is a vocal minority complaining about parking at the soon to be built event centre in the waterfront district?
1/16/2014 10:44:00 AM
conker2012 says:
The city is going to make a fortune off of the parking structure proposed across the street from the event center. The also own the lot at the PUC. IF they start charging $20 for front door service, the new parking structure will be paid off in no time.
1/16/2014 2:12:01 PM
musicferret says:
Why is the lot always packed?


Nobody wants to get home from their trip and then wait around for an hour to maybe get a cab if they luck out.

Plus, for me, its about $30 each way for a 6 minute cab ride. Therefor, parking is always the better option because of the scamming cab companies.
1/16/2014 10:22:55 AM
Sinjo says:
if you have a cell phone you can look up on the website to see if a flight is on-time, delayed or arrived. That way you don't have to wait as long when you get to the airport. Just leave so you get there when the plane is going to land.
1/16/2014 9:56:51 AM
slp800 says:
someone should open up a gated parking lot and a shuttle service to the airport, im sure there is plently of out of town workers that would rather pay anything but $20 a day. $280 for 14 days thats outrageous.
1/16/2014 9:22:22 AM
SMB says:
I've always said that the way to make a million bucks is to find a way to capitalize on somebody else's laziness. Bravo!
1/16/2014 9:10:46 AM
jonthunder says:
This is likely a big mistake. Will the airport have a warning at the parking entry gates saying when one or both lots are full, so people don't enter and have to pay to get out? Many people on expense/travel accounts will not care about paying more for a longer short term spot and then what do the wanna-be short terms do? Simply too cheap to do it right and make short term smaller and long term bigger.
1/16/2014 8:51:14 AM
tsb says:
Bus to the airport is $2.65
1/16/2014 6:42:34 AM
sd says:
Oh wow thank you for the brilliant idea. Next time I want to save some money I will wake up extra early for my flight walk 15 minutes down my snow packed street while dragging my suit case through the slush. Then I will load myself onto a bus for about 30 mintues. Catch a transfer then 20 minutes on the other bus. Finally arriving at the airport over an hour later. Cab fares are outrageous in this town. But there is one thing more outrageous, comments like yours.
1/16/2014 7:18:30 PM
dynamiter says:
Tell me all about this! First you are going to fine people if they are caught circling past the pick up point. Secondly you only have 6 cell phone spots. Thirdly you dont have any display boards showing if a flight has arrived at the cell phone lots. Finally you are going to allow long term people to occupy spaces closer to the terminal so there will be less spots for people to park and come in and meet their pickups - which is what you wanted from point 1. You guys got to get your act together - your circular logic borders on insanity and is showing your true colors - cash grab without service.
1/15/2014 10:04:09 PM
sd says:
The article clearly states that the short term spaces are often no where near capacity and in all the times I have ever been to the airport this is absolutely true. So for the few lazy people who want to pay slightly more for those spots then it really isn't hurting anyone.
1/15/2014 11:57:45 PM
tiredofthebs says:
Yes but previous articles clearly state that the airport is going to "crack down" on people circling the terminal waiting for passengers. That in turn will force people that arrive 5 minutes early to pull into short-term parking if the 6 cell lane spots are full. While it is nice to finally see a "plan", it seems like every move they make is counter productive to the end result. Force more people into short term parking to make a few extra the same time removing short term parking spots. Ticket people for circling the terminal.......Only have 6 spots in the cell lane. And all at the same time as the parking Nazi cruising the front of the terminal harassing everyone that isn't a shuttle or cab regardless of how long you're stopped. It has very little to do with people being lazy and the airport talking out both sides of their mouth.
1/16/2014 9:26:12 AM
Heinicke says:
You only get a fine if you park in a no parking or waiting zone, usually repeatedly, are you saying they will fine you if you are driving? No.
Why would you want to be getting free services from the airport-display boards at cell phone spots? You should already know if the flight is one time before you get arrive. It costs less than $2 to go into the parking lot and wait, why circle and pollute the air and congest traffic? If people want to pay the extra fee let them. The parking lot is never full.
1/16/2014 10:02:56 AM
virtualrealityczech says:
Actually, the will fine you for repeatedly circling the airport road. It is now prohibited.
1/16/2014 1:23:07 PM
conker2012 says:
To reply to your third point, there is no need for an external display at the cell phone lot since you already have a cellphone in your hand that has access to the internet where you can go onto the airport website and check the flight status. If you are to cheap to have net access on your phone then you should pay for parking and walk inside and check the arrivals screen.

What is next, are you going to expect that the airport delivers your luggage to your car for you?
1/16/2014 11:31:48 AM
sd says:
There is a demand for long term parking because the rates are so ridiculous to take a cab to the airport. As a result people choose to drive and leave there vehicle there for days at a time. As an example I live 5 minutes away from the airport. It costs $20 each way to take a cab. If I will be gone for a weekend it is cheaper for me to drive and leave my vehicle there. That is absurd. I took a cab last trip and the meter was at $7 before even reaching the lights at the highway.
Glad to see the airport being proactive and doing something to solve an issue that was presented to them. Just wish other people in this backward town stuck in the 80s would open their eyes and ears and do the same thing.
1/15/2014 8:53:18 PM
tiredofit says:
Are people really that bloody lazy?? I mean it's the width of a street away!
1/15/2014 8:02:24 PM
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