Airports across the country see crowded parking lots as more Americans resume air travel
NEW YORK — Parking problems at major airports lead to passenger problems with people trying to make their flights.
A couple who did not want to be identified met at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday as they searched for terminal after terminal.
“It’s terrible. We missed our flight,” the husband said.
“Who will pay for the change of flight? said the woman.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirms that this is happening more and more often at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, and other major city airports across the country, including Atlanta, Seattle and Chicago.
CBS2’s Dave Carlin was turned away from the Terminal D parking lot, as was Mark Nelson, who flew in from East Hampton.
“It’s getting worse and worse,” he said. “Now I’m still two terminals away from where I need to go.”
More people travel by plane for pleasure and less often for business, and drive themselves.
It’s a trend that started during the pandemic: more people are buying cars and ending up on the roads and in airport parking lots.
“We’ve largely been successful in redirecting people to overflow lots, but again we’re looking at Memorial Day weekend, the summer peak,” said Susan Warner Dooley, aviation business manager for Port Authority.
In this case, you risk being completely thrown out of the airport. Port Authority officials therefore recommend that you log onto the airport’s official website and pre-book and pre-pay for parking.
In LaGuardia, you can also take the free Q-70 bus service from Woodside/61st Street and Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street.
You can also let taxis and other car services drive for you.
“We will always continue to promote public transit,” Warner Dooley said.
“Don’t do it again,” one woman told CBS2.
“What are you going to do instead?” Carlin asked him.
“Just take an Uber,” she said.
Prepare in advance so you don’t have room.