Expansion of Economy Parking Spaces at Philadelphia Airport in Anticipation of Summer Travel Season

Philadelphia International Airport is getting ready for the upcoming surge in travelers by doubling the number of parking spaces in its economy parking garages. Specifically, the airport plans to increase the economy lot space from 1,840 to 3,600, as well as open up around 12,000 parking spaces in surrounding garages and short-term parking lots.

Located along the airport’s 4400 block on Island Avenue, the Economy Lot is the cheapest option for travelers, with a flat rate of $15 for up to 24 hours. However, parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s recommended to arrive early. Fortunately, a free 24/7 shuttle service is available to transport travelers to the airport terminal.

For those who prefer closer parking, there’s also a garage on Garage Avenue outside the airport with a fee of $5 for up to 30 minutes and $28 for more than 4 hours. Short-term surface parking in the same area is similar, but the price increases to $48 for up to 24 hours.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the economy lot had over 7,000 parking spaces. However, it was closed due to a decline in air travel and plans to expand the airport’s cargo capacity. Fortunately, the airport has since abandoned previous plans to permanently close the economy lot and has gradually reopened economy areas.

In addition to parking options, cell phone waiting areas are signposted from I-95 and Route 291, which are free with a limit of 30 minutes. There are also privately owned properties around the airport with varying costs.

The airport’s expansion of the economy lot comes ahead of what is expected to be the busiest travel season since before the pandemic. According to a report by the Philadelphia Business Journal, airport officials anticipate that more than 4 million passengers will board outgoing flights from June through August, which is up 12% from last year.

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