New rates to provide for maintenance and service improvements.
Beginning July 1, 2010, new parking rates go into effect for short and long-term parking facilities at the Albuquerque International Sunport.
The measure only affects daily rates, not hourly, and is aimed at enhancing revenue for improved customer service and maintenance of the aging facility. The new rates are as follows:
Sunport Parking Rate Adjustment
|Short-Term Parking Lot (3400 Spaces)||Long-Term Parking Lot (500 Spaces)|
|3 Days or Less||More than 3 Days||3 Days or Less||More than 3 Days|
|Existing Rates||$7 per day||$10 per day||$6 per day||$8 per day|
|July 2010 Rates||$10 per day||$10 per day||$7 per day||$7 per day|
The new rates eliminate the under and over three-day pricing structure and implement a flat-fee for all days parked.
Customers using short-term parking will see and increase of $9 for the first three days of parking, but no increase beyond that. Customers using the long-term lot will actually see a decrease from the current rates if they are parked for longer than six days.
It is important to note that over 70 percent of the customers who utilize the short-term facility park for fewer than six hours, which is the threshold for the daily rate to go into effect, and they will remain.
Maintenance & Service Improvements
"We have not seen a daily rate increase since 1999, even though maintenance costs on this 21 year-old facility have risen," said Aviation Director Jim Hinde. "We intend on investing any additional revenues directly into the facility for maintenance and customer service improvements."
Planned customer service improvements include the eventual installation of parking space detectors that will reduce the time required to find a space, reduce vehicle emissions and increase the effective capacity of the facility, along with an additional self-pay surface lot scheduled to open later this year.
The change in parking fee structure was submitted as part of the Aviation Department FY11 budget that was approved by the Administration and City Council earlier this month.