Philadelphia International Airport Economy Parking will reopen with 1,850 spaces.
Travelers at Philadelphia International Airport will soon have access to a limited number of economy parking spaces again. The lot was closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as PHL moved more parking to a series of private lots near the airport.
Used by travelers, the convenient $13-per-day, flat-rate parking lot will have 1,850 spaces available beginning April 21. That’s about a quarter of the economy lot’s capacity before it closed in March 2020. Before the pandemic, the could hold more than 7,000 vehicles. The airport has an additional 12,000 parking spaces across its property.
Economy parking was closed due to the decline in air travel during the pandemic and as plans took shape to expand the airport’s cargo capacity in the coming years. The air cargo and air support facility will support approximately 9 acres of Philly International’s economy lot.
Airport officials initially said in December that the economy lot closure would be permanent. Instead, PHL has been working on ways to reopen a small portion to travelers and restore corresponding shuttle service.
More details on the return of the new spaces will be released in the coming weeks.
“We are still in the spring break period and do not want to confuse passengers traveling during this period,” PHL spokeswoman Heather Redfern said in an email Friday afternoon.
Since the closure of the economy lot, many travelers have relied on private car parks arclose to the airportwhich add approximately 9,000 places for travelers. Authorities were encouraging travelers to use public transport, taxis and ride-sharing apps instead of picking up their car at the airport.
Some travelers who relied on the economy bundle shared their frustration over the closure of the bundle, especially since it was empty during the resurgence of air travel during the holiday season last year.
PHL is in the early stages of expanding its air cargo facility footprint to approximately 136 acres in the coming years. This will more than double its area dedicated to cargo handling from approximately 600,000 square feet to 1.4 million square feet and make Philadelphia more competitive with airports in New York, Newark, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The 70,000 square foot air cargo support facility on the land of the economy lot – one of many proposed projects in the coming years – will be located near Terminal E and Runway 17/35. Additional surface parking lots are expected to be constructed at a later date.
“This initiative will have a massive economic impact on the region and cement Philadelphia’s status as an intermodal logistics hub,” PHL CEO Chellie Cameron said last summer. “We are excited to begin this work in partnership with our cross-disciplinary partners to drive immediate and long-term growth.”