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Airport Parking Rates to Inch Higher in July

Short-term parking rates at Lindbergh Field will increase starting July 1 following action Jan. 7 by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the public agency that manages the downtown facility.

The fee increases were part of a more comprehensive plan for the airport’s ground transportation that included every aspect of how passengers arrive and depart from the airport.

Under the new rates approved in a 5-3 vote by the airport authority board, parking at Lindbergh for up to 20 minutes will cost $2, up from $1; for 20 to 30 minutes, $2, unchanged from current rate; for 30 to 40 minutes, $4, up from $2; for 40-60 minutes, $4, up from $3; for one to one and a half hours, $6, up from $4.50; and for one and a half to two hours, $8, up from $4.50.

The increases gradually continue until the time gets to seven to 24 hours, which remained at $21. For each additional 24 hours it’s another $21, which was also left the same.

Airport spokesman Steve Shultz said the parking increases were put into effect after a study of the rates charged at other airports, and to bring San Diego into line with the fees charged at those facilities.

The rate increases are expected to send about $1 million more in revenue to the airport every year, according to an airport authority report.

For those who want to avoid the higher fees or any fees at all when picking up arriving passengers, the airport has a 50-space cell phone lot located east of the airport entrance on Harbor Drive, across from the U.S. Coast Guard station.

— Mike Allen

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