Need Holiday Airport Shuttle? Don't Delay
Thanksgiving week in Charlotte will have travelers scrambling to go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or to the airport.
While Charlotte-Douglas International Airport has said it will have a long-awaited new parking deck open by Thanksgiving week, many travelers are already making plans to park off-site and catch a ride to the terminal.
For three years, the airport has been building a seven-story deck to offer a better space for rental cars and additional daily parking. The top four floors of the structure will take daily parkers, with a maximum daily rate of $20, higher than the $16 it cost to park in the deck that was torn down to make room for the new one. The other three floors will hold rental cars and facilities.
In an effort to decrease the number of cars circling the terminal and lots, the airport is making the first hour in the new parking deck free. After that it’s $1 for every half hour.
The new structure is supposed to be ready before the holiday crush, but not everyone is counting on it.
Reservations are filling fast at Charlotte-transportation services.
Deborah Bengel, a manager at highly rated Park ‘N Go Airport Parking, encourages people to both book early and arrive early.
Last year’s Thanksgiving travel week at the airport was awful, Bengel (and many others) say, with weather, construction and other delays. This year, she’s seeing reservations for parking and a ride fill up.
“While we’d like to help anyone who walks up,” she says, “I can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to take walk-ins on Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week.”
She also says travelers should plan to arrive two to two-and-a-half hours ahead of their flights.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, people need to plan to have a lot of patience, she says, in addition to gratitude.