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Airport Parking Is a Cash Cow

By City Weekly Readers
Posted // April 9,2013 -

I’d like to respond to Hubbert Smith’s letter “No Love for Motorcycles at Airport” [March 28, City Weekly].

Mr. Smith, it’s not that the airport hates motorcycles but rather that the airport will try to squeeze every dime out of anyone and everyone who uses any of the facilities. The airport realizes it has a monopoly on commercial air travel in and out of Salt Lake City, and the public long-term and short-term parking is a cash cow.

You find yourself dismayed about the parking for motorcycles. Think about how much the airlines pay for every square foot of space they use. Also, think of the airport vendors and of the airline and vendor employees: They all have to pay for their own parking privileges.

Yes, the airport is a money-making machine, but I will say most—if not all—of the revenue stays at the airport. The city cannot use any of the money to balance any debts or shortfalls it may encounter.

Former 27-year airport employee
Salt Lake City

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Posted // April 17,2013 at 08:30

Hi Steve

you missed my point.  I have a choice, and others have the same choice: someone drives me (no parking revenues for airport), or simply do more meetings on video conference (no parking or ticket revenues for the airport).

Free motorcycle parking is good for the community because motorcycles reduce demand on gasoline, reduce pollution, reduce the burden on auto parking. do you like inversion? would you like to reduce it, even a little?

Free motorcycle parking is good for the airport because I, and other motorcycle riders, will opt to fly rather than videoconference (fyi, SKYPE video is free and works where ever there is internet)

hope this makes sense.


p. s. all those other examples you cite, are businesses making money at the airport, not really applicable.