Chattanooga air­port of­fers park­ing solutions

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - BUSINESS - STAFF RE­PORT

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.”

STAFF FILE PHOTO

Amid ris­ing pas­sen­ger traf­fic at Chattanooga Metropoli­tan Air­port, of­fi­cials are tak­ing steps to deal with the congestion.

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