The famous line from Apollo 13 could apply to DFW, that huge airport halfway between Dallas and Ft Worth. They are embarking on a $2billion improvement program (read about it here). How are they going to pay for it? Simple: raise parking fees and figure out ways to screw the off airport parking operators. So, they are going to improve the airport on the back of those that elect to drive. Makes absolutely no sense to me.
I can imagine how they will take on the off airport operators, which offer parking services at budget pricing. They will simply tax them to death. Yep – If you want to drive you van on our airport and deliver your customers, you will pay and pay and pay. That will force the operators either out of business or force them to raise prices to a parity with the airport, which will have the same effect.
I’m told that airports even go after hotels and restaurants nearby. They justify it by saying that if the airport wasn’t there, they wouldn’t have any business, so they should get a piece of the action. WOW! I thought the purpose of an airport was to provide a place for planes to take off and land and a way to get people on and off them, not control the entire economy of the area.
I think the concept of having a modern, well run good looking airport is great. Fair enough. But shouldn’t all the folks using the airport pay for it. If An airport has 50 million people using it every year why not simply charge them and additional five bucks each – generate a quarter of a billion, and build your upgrade. I know, I’m certain there are laws preventing it, but there shouldn’t be. Airports should be built with money provided by those using it, the passengers and the airlines. Not the group that elects to park. Removing a person’s choice of parking (by driving off airport parking out of business) can create more problems that it solves.
Remember what happened in Detroit. They raised the rates, and lost customers.