Chattanooga Airport adds parking spaces, raises fees

Vehicles fill the front of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in this file photo.

AIRPORT PARKING FEES

New parking fees will go into effect on Jan. 1:* Short-term lot - From $16 to $20 per day* Long-term lots - From $9 to $12 per day* Economy lot - Stays at $9 per daySource: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

Chattanooga Airport officials on Monday OK'd constructing a 520-space economy parking lot with shuttle service to the terminal as Lovell Field deals with record passenger boardings.

To help pay for the parking expansion and other improvements, the airport also is raising parking fees for the first time in six years as boardings are expected to surpass a half million for the first time ever this year.

"If there's one thing that keeps me up at night, it's parking," said Terry Hart, president and chief executive officer for the airport.