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The best new thing in airport parking garage technology has now arrived over at Germany's Dusseldorf Airport, and we're totally jealous of the locals who get to use it when leaving their cars behind.
Basically, the system is a robot valet that takes care of parking your car. It even has a cutesy name, Robot Ray. It doesn’t exactly drive your car into an available parking space - it actually lifts it up (think forklift) and carries it over to the appropriate spot.
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We've talked about a few small airports in the past couple weeks and the ridiculously cheap ticket prices they offer, such as our cheap flight out of Trenton as a New York alternative. But budget airlines and their low prices aren't the only way these small airports are tempting travelers away from the big hubs. When we flew Frontier from Denver to ILG in Wilmington, Delaware (Philly alternative), we noticed that the airport claimed to have free parking. This couldn't be, right?
We know that airport parking can get expensive. Even if you plan ahead and park in a remote lot, just a few days can make quite the negative dent in your bank account. But after hearing one traveler's total bill to pull her car out of an airport parking lot, be thankful that you only pay as much as you do.
After having her car parked in a lot at Chicago's O'Hare for three years, one Chicago resident was socked with a parking bill for $106,000. The car owner, Jennifer Fitzgerald, actually didn't park her car in the lot; it was her then O'Hare-employee boyfriend who abandoned the 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in November of 2009 in an employee lot.
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When it comes to cute critters on the internet it’s hard to beat kitties, but we have to argue that bunnies might be able to give felines a run for their money. Unfortunately the bunnies we’re talking about aren’t 100 percent cute, as apparently the bunnies that call Denver International Airport home have a little bit of a mean streak.
There’s quite a few rabbits living in and around the airport, but they’re getting a little frisky when it comes to checking out parked cars at the airport. They are getting a little too friendly with the vehicles, as they’ve started to nibble and chew on some vital components—like wiring and brake lines.
The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services is already on the case, as they’re promising to remove any of the critters that are doing the damage. However, it might be a good idea to leave some carrots outside your car when parking at DEN—you know, just in case.
The days of free parking just because you're eco-friendly have come and gone at Los Angeles International. The airport has announced that the incentive for passengers to park their electric car for free up to 30 days has been eliminated.
Although parking will cost the general rack-rate for all drivers, the charging facilities will continue to be free. Okay, this is great news, but the caveat is that there are only 38 spots for charging. So good luck on getting a charge because LAX is no regional airport. Since the plugs are a true premium, it has been causing some resentment from totally electric car drivers to hybrid drivers.
If you're flying out of LAX soon, you can still snag a free parking space up until March 1, after which time you'll have to cough up the $24 per day.
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It’s time to check those credit card statements, as there might just be a little bit of a bank error in your favor. You’re not going to get to quit your job anytime soon, but if your car has spent a lot of time in the airport parking garage over in Seattle you might have scored a pretty decent discount—as in free.
Over at Sea-Tac Airport there was a little bit of a parking glitch during the year, and the bottom line is that the airport is now short a cool $400,000 in fees and charges. As much as we want to just assume that this was a goodwill gesture—it wasn’t—and now the Port of Seattle is trying to figure out what happened.
For those who aren’t blessed with easily accessible public transportation, one of the worst parts of flying is dealing with airport parking. It’s often crowded, inconvenient and, depending on where you call home, a long weekend can easily approach triple digits in terms of cost.
This is especially the case over in the United Kingdom, where airport parking is quickly going out of control. Leaving your car at London-Heathrow’s Terminal 5 can end up costing you £51.80 for 24 hours—that’s over $80 per day!
The Telegraph did some research into airport parking across the country, and they discovered something pretty darn awesome—and disappointing. When averaging airport parking across the country, it might just be more cost effective to park your own airplane at the airport rather than to leave your car there overnight.
For example, leaving your vehicle in the short term lot at Manchester Airport will set you back £35 each day, but if you leave your light aircraft it would only cost you just £21 for pretty much the same amount of time.
Oh heck—we had plenty of money in our travel pockets that we were looking to burn, but it looks like the most totally over the top airport amenity is now no longer available. The worst part about it all is that we didn’t even know it was available until it was gone.
Just outside Los Angeles at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank officials are pulling the plug on a valet parking option that will set you back a cool five digits per year. You’d think that with all the celebrities and super-rich running around Southern California that someone would pony up for the pricey parking, but apparently the $14,600 yearly option was just too darn expensive. With no takers, the airport has decided to eliminate the Black Diamond parking option that has been hanging around since the end of 2009.