Nashville airport raises fee for parking facilities - WKRN News 2

Nashville airport raises fee for parking facilities

Posted: Updated: Feb 28, 2013 06:43PM

There are four off-site parking companies that service the Nashville International Airport and starting Friday, their privilege fee to drive customers is going up.

The fee will almost triple, and one company calls the price hike unfair and considers airport authority a bully.

Carl Wylie, a driver for Fly Away Airport Parking Authority, is a father of five and said he depends on the salary along with tips to make ends meet.

"It's one of two jobs I have trying to support my family," he told Nashville's News 2 Investigates.

Wylie is afraid higher prices will lead to fewer customers and less money.

According to Fly Away's President, JR Fraley, he pays $1.75 per shuttle per trip to the airport.

Starting Friday, he will pay $6.50 per shuttle per trip to the airport.

"My shuttles go through the airport approximately 3,200 times per month. Last week, I was paying $5,400 per month for the privilege of being allowed to drive through the airport," Fraley said. "Starting tomorrow, that fee goes to $21,000 for the privilege to drive through the airport."

Fraley also said that they will have to adjust their pricing or they cannot stay in the business.

The new fees will amount to $250,000 a year, which is more profit than Fly Away made last year. Fraley said he's had to lay people off.

Airport spokesperson Emily Richards spoke to Nashville's News 2 Investigates.

"Well the Airport Authority is interested in offering options to all of our passengers. We of course do not want them out of business. All users of the airport, like all airports across the world, pay user fees for the privilege of doing business on an airport," Richards said.

"We are trying to bring all of our fees into alignment with industry standards. The off site airport parking fee has been out of alignment for many years. It has been significantly lower than industry standards," she continued.

JR Fraley said that he is a member of the National Parking Association and is only aware of seven other airports in the United States that charge the type of fees being charged in Nashville.

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