Augusta Regional Airport parking grows

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 5:30 PM
Last updated 11:43 PM
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Construction projects adding more than 600 parking spaces at Augusta Regional Airport are expected to help relieve shortages there.

A new long-term parking lot with an additional 420 spots opened Monday, roughly doubling the existing long term lot size. The airport closed its two short-term lots the same day to begin the second phase of construction.

“We’ve just grown so much. We were always going into overflow. The lots were always full,” said Diane Johnston, director of marketing for Augusta Regional. “We’ve just been desperate for parking.”

When complete, the new short-term lot will have space for more than 200 vehicles. Another lot with 200 spots has not been designated for use yet, Johnston said.

Prior to the construction project, the long-term lot had about 400 spaces, and the overflow and short-term lots had a combined 350 spaces, she said.

The second phase is expected to be complete this fall. In addition to a short-term lot, the project adds a new rental car ready and return lot, revenue gates, lighting, signs and marking.

The total cost of the expansion project is slightly more than $4 million, which operating revenues are expected to cover, Johnston said.

The long-term parking lots should accommodate vehicles during the short-term lot closure, but travelers are advised to allow adequate time for parking. Signs are posted to help direct travelers.

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countyman
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countyman 06/06/12 - 12:09 am
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Direct flights to DC start

Direct flights to DC start next month....

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/06/12 - 12:59 am
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That is good Countyman.

The expansion of the airport, both physically and passengers flying is a positive thing for Augusta. Glad they are remedying the parking; I was beginning to hate flying out of there for that reason.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/06/12 - 07:27 am
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Good thing

Good....it will keep some of you people out of Atlanta traffic!!

I'm smiling:)

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/06/12 - 09:21 am
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Trust me Seenit

I've never spoken to a soul from Augusta that said they wanted to drive in Atlanta! :) We'uns are more than happy to oblige in reducing Hotlanta traffic congestion!

countyman
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countyman 06/06/12 - 11:55 am
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The new terminal opening in

The new terminal opening in 2007, cost of flights, completion of the Palmetto Pkwy in December of 2009, etc all helped the airport grow... This is why Augusta Regional continues to break passenger records, and is one of the fastest growing airports again this year...

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