Airport parking problems cause some to miss their flights

Wynton Yates talks about parking issues during the holiday weekend.

NEW ORLEANS – Parking was scarce at the Louis Armstrong International Airport over the weekend, with Decadence Fest and Labor Day travelers making the adding to the commotion.

If you park the US Park lot across from Louis Armstrong International Airport, one of the first people you might meet is Travis Weathers

“We were busy,” said Weathers.

Weathers is talking about Labor Day weekend and said over the past two years of being a shuttle driver, he’s never seen anything like it.

“It was really bad; people were to the point to where they wanted to fight for the parking spot,” Weathers explained.

Travelers heading out of town for business, the holiday weekend, and the LSU vs. Wisconsin football game got a big surprise.

There might have been plenty of spots Monday, but over the weekend was a totally different story.

“Just a lot of people here it seemed like, there was no long-term and so we had to go to short-term and go to the roof,” expressed a family arriving from Wisconsin.

While people were driving around the parking lot trying to find open spots, the airport was on social media trying to let people know of the limited space.

“Labor Day Weekend means lots of people are flying out. Limited parking available,” read a tweet from the airport.

Someone replied via Twitter that his wife just missed her international flight because no parking was available.

Officials went on to ask people to use alternate modes of transportation to get to the airport.

“We saw on the internet that parking had sold out, there was nowhere to park and they were putting people in the employee lot,” said one traveler.

Now that the weekend is behind us travelers hope they will not have to worry about finding a place to park.

The airport expansion includes a new 2,000 car parking garage. It won't be ready until 2018.


(© 2016 WWL)


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