Feb 28, 2024 - News

New Orleans airport parking gets more expensive

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Daily parking rates at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are going up starting Friday.

Why it matters: You'll need to factor in the increased costs when deciding whether to drive yourself or take an Uber.

Driving the news: Daily rates are going up $2 to $4, depending on the lot, according to the airport.

The new daily rates:

  • Short-term garage: $26 (was $22).
  • Long-term garage: $22 (was $20).
  • Surface lot: $20 (was $18).
  • Economy garage with shuttle: $12 (no change).
  • Valet: $36 (no change).

Zoom in: The first half-hour in the short-term garage and surface lot will remain free, the airport says, and the first 30 minutes in the long-term garage and economy garage will remain at $4.

  • But, the rate is going up for every 30 minutes after that. It will now be $3 instead of $2.

Friction point: The parking lots at the airport fill up quickly on weekends and peak travel times.

By the numbers: The airport says this is the first parking rate increase since 2019, when the new terminal opened.

  • The parking lots are operated by New South Parking, and the airport says it is contractually obligated to "adjust" rates every two years but hasn't happened because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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