CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- At the Eastern Iowa Airport, there's surface parking about as far as the eye can see and it's needed.
CID saw record-breaking passenger numbers, nearly reaching 90,000 in February, a 3.4% increase over the 2017 record. Overall-passenger count was 2% higher than this time last year.
Officials called the growth good, but it also means if you want to park, you might have to take some of those more distant spots and walk to the terminal.
CID has 3,300 parking spots available. Since adding about 500 new ones in the last two years, the airport hasn't needed to shuttle people to and from a remote lot. But, if passenger growth keeps up that surface lot won't grow. There's just no more room.
"Today we are maximized with our footprint for surface parking,” said Marty Lenss, airport director. “The next stage for us would be vertical structures."
Lenss said a ramp is something travelers suggest all the time.It may sound great at first, avoid the long walk, more capacity. Here's the trouble, said Lenss, ramps are very expensive.
"On average, you're talking about $30-35,000 dollars a stall,” he said. “A lot of people aren't aware of that."
Lenss said the airport board would likely have to see a lot more vehicle growth to seriously consider the option.
Instead, he said there are others, for now. Besides the remote lot, a new valet service, which started around the Christmas holiday season. Sign up online and someone at the terminal will park your car for an extra $12 a day.