Holiday parking rates soar at Palm Springs International

Cost of extra parking and terminal shuttle service up dramatically over last year

POSTED: 12:13 PM PST Nov 20, 2012    UPDATED: 12:31 PM PST Nov 20, 2012 
Holiday Parking lot at Palm Springs International Airport

The cost of parking a vehicle at Palm Springs International Airport is soaring this Thanksgiving holiday.

The airport began offering extra parking and terminal shuttle service early Tuesday to help handle the Thanksgiving travel rush.

The cost of the airport's economy lot has skyrocketed over last year, now charging $10 a day for overnight travelers.

The same service cost $6 a day last year.  The $4 a day rate hike represents a 65% jump in just one year, or an additional $20 dollars for a traveler who parks in the lot for five days.

Parking rates had remained unchanged for several years.

Free shuttle transportation is available from the lot to the main terminal until 9 p.m. Tuesday, 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Service back to the Economy Lot will be available through midnight on Nov. 27, according to a city spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell.

She said travelers should arrive at least 90 minutes before their flights to allow enough time to park, check in and go through security.

The airport is at 3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. For information, go to