Chattanooga airport offers parking solutions
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is trying to ease a parking crunch for its users, such as offering real-time availability on its website and spurring alternatives including taxis, carpooling and its shuttle service.
“The most important thing is our passengers make their flights and have the best experience at the Chattanooga Airport, which is why we researched innovative solutions to address our parking challenges posed by our accelerated growth,” said Terry Hart, Lovell Field’s president and chief executive officer.
For real-time parking lot availability and more information, passengers can go to www.chattanoogaairport.com or follow the Chattanooga Airport on Facebook and Twitter.
Visitors to the airport website can see which parking lots are open or full so they can make plans before they arrive, according to the airport.
In addition, Hart said passengers should consider alternate transportation such as taxis, ridesharing, carpooling as well as bus and shuttle service.
“For decades, we’ve been the small town airport where you can arrive just minutes before your flight departs and be okay,” said Hart. “We still offer small town convenience with multiple non-stop routes and countless destinations, but passengers should plan extra time and arrive early like you would for any flight.”
Chattanooga Airport is dealing with record-setting growth. The airport is expected to surpass a half-million passenger boardings by the end of this year for the first time ever.
As an added incentive and to communicate the changes, the airport is promoting a giveaway on social media that will run for several months. Passengers who opt in will be entered into a monthly drawing for a free round-trip ride to the airport using any mode of alternate transportation, according to the airport.
“While we finalize a longterm parking solution, we cannot thank our operators and passengers enough for our current growth and success,” Hart said. “We want to reward them for choosing to fly from the Chattanooga Airport, and we are thankful for their cooperation as we implement long-term plans.”
Amid rising passenger traffic at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, officials are taking steps to deal with the congestion.