Airport parking lots vary from airport to airport. This diversity is based on the type of airline flights each airport offers. For example, in Calgary Alberta, the Calgary Airport offers international flights as well as flights to surrounding regions. This airport requires a parking lot design that is efficient and well-organized. Calgary Airport parking is divided into Sections “A,” “B,” and “C.” This airport’s newest offering is the Cellphone Lot which allows passengers arriving expedient access to motorists awaiting them.
Some airport parking lots in the US are designed for private use such as Princeton Airport. Parking at Princeton Airport is relatively limited to private airplane owners and it is located at the front and side of the airport facility. Teterboro Airport is a “relief” airport that has no central parking and requires reservations in advance.
Newark International Airport
Newark International Airport in Newark, N.J. has a fairly complex parking lot design. Entrance to the airport immediately requires motorists to choose their parking according to the Airline Gate assignment provided at time of airline flight bookings. This airport provides parking for long term stays of up to 30 days or for parking for general passenger arrival or departures. For international flights, Newark Airport designates three “gates” “A,” “B,” and “C” for motorist parking. This is similar to the arrangement at Calgary Airport.
Common Features of Airport Parking Lots
In most airports, parking lots are designed for high volume parking of cars, limos and vans. Limos may also park at the drive through entrances to pick up arriving passengers. This usually requires prior notice.
All airport parking designs are similar to those seen in large shopping malls. The configuration of the actual design depends on the size of the lot. Vehicles are usually parked on an angle with wide lanes between each parking section. Vehicles are parked facing each other in each single parking space wide enough for cars, limos, vans and pickup trucks. Another feature is that airports have access gates where drivers must first accept a numbered ticket that tells the driver which airport gate location they must park in based on the gate section they chose.
When the motorist leaves the parking area, the numbered ticket is collected by an attendant at a toll both where parking fees are also paid at this point. In addition to toll gates for tickets and toll gate attendants, airport lots may have security sensors or cameras that take photos of each vehicle that passes through ticket toll gates. All lots in airports are well lighted and kept free of obstacles to avoid injuries. Parking lots are located in relatively close proximity to airport entrances and exits to keep airport traffic flowing smoothly. For more information, Park’N Fly is a helpful website with additional resources.