Cell Phone Lots: OK at JFK, Not OK at BWI

Posted on July 25, 2007 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

NEW YORK CITY — Drivers picking up passengers at JFK Airport can now use the airport's new free “Cell Phone Lot” waiting area. This new lot is located near the airport's entrance, just off the Van Wyck Expressway. All the terminals can be accessed from this lot in less than five minutes. Drivers must stay with their vehicles at all times. There is no parking or waiting allowed on the airport roadways at any time. With more than 70 spaces, the lot allows drivers to wait until their arriving passengers have disembarked the aircraft, collected their baggage, and are ready to be picked up. The lot is designed to provide a convenient place to wait for arriving flights, and to help keep traffic on the airport moving smoothly.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport is going in the opposite direction, according to Mike Ballard, president of the Maryland Limousine Association. “So from this point forward we are unable to use the lot as a staging point at BWI,” Ballard told association members. “This only brings more to the forefront that BWI charging us $100 per vehicle fee is against federal law set forth in the Real Interstate Driver Equity Act of 2002. I am advising everyone not to use the lot nor pay the $100 per vehicle fee for the Commercial Courtesy Pass.”

Sources: Black Car News; Maryland Limousine Association

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