DETROIT — In an effort to give financial breaks to struggling airline companies, Detroit Metropolitan Airport has raised parking fees for chauffeurs, passengers, and its tenants. Airport officials said they will raise fees this year for the eighth time since February 2006.
The shift in fees is part of a plan to lower landing fees, keeping major airlines at the airport, and is expected to grow the peripheral businesses that rely on revenue from those flights. According to officials, the raise in fees reflects those at other large airports, although they did admit that consumers and small business owners are sharing in the financial distress of the airlines. Parking revenue makes up 25% of the airport’s budget, after landing fees, which account for nearly 27%.
“We operate like a business, and when you compare the cost of operating the airport now to when it wasn’t run like a business yeah, there’s some culture shock there. I understand that,” said Lester Robinson, the authority’s chief executive operator. Analyst Michael Boyd said the airport’s chauffeur fees were “ridiculously high,” but in comparison to other airports were better. Some limousine drivers doing business at the airport said the fee hike will be passed along to customers.
Source: The Detroit News