The new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport had record breaking numbers this past summer, despite local difficulties. We had tons of traffic coming in, but we also had more traffic going out than we’ve ever seen here before. In fact, the number of people going out far exceeded expectations, so much so that the parking that was developed was not sufficient and the airport was forced to open temporary parking adjacent to the existing parking lot.
In an October Airport Board meeting, it was decided to increase the size of the parking with the goal of having it in place by Spring Break 2011. One of our readers turned us onto the plans that have been published for bid.
The existing parking lot at the new airport has just under 1100 parking spots, with roughly 45% apportioned for long-term parking, 20% for short-term parking and the remaining for rental cars and employee parking. From what I can gather from the plans, it shows that the new parking lot addition should roughly double the available parking.