AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Air travelers can park in style and save a few
bucks at Burbank Airport during the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
For the five-day holiday beginning today, the airport is knocking six
dollars off the cost of valet parking. Instead of the usual $18-per-day
rate, valet users will only be asked to plunk down $12.
With holiday traffic through the airport at a high point for the year,
airport officials announced the reduction to ease the congestion from the
airport’s other lots, spokesman Victor Gill said.
Since valet users tend to be mainly business travelers who don’t fly
during the holidays, airport parking lots are overwhelmed. By shifting
some of the long-term parkers from the enclosed structure to the valet
lot, the airport will free up spaces for those who just want to zip in to
pick up a relative.
The long-term users “clog our inventory of parking spaces for meeters
and greeters,” Gill said. “We felt that we wanted there to be some more
(spaces) for the meeters and greeters to park near the terminal.”
The incentive to use valet is also economic.
To park for a full day in the airport’s enclosed structure would cost
$24, Gill said. Several lots near the airport offer lower long-term
Thanksgiving is the airport’s heaviest weekend of the year. While the
airport averages 14,000 passengers on nonholiday days, more than 16,000
will use the facility for each of the five days beginning today, Gill
said. The 15% increase brings the capacity of airplanes during the
weekend to nearly 90%, Gill said.