REDMOND, OR -- As the holiday season approaches, more people will be using the Redmond Airport to travel, and parking their cars for long periods could lead to a parking shortage.
The Redmond Airport Director, Zach Bass, says while they await the completion of their expansion plans, they have a solution to assist travelers with their parking needs. "On the FlyRDM website, every thirty minutes, we're going to be posting how many parking spots are currently available in the parking lot. We'll be doing that for 24 hours a day during the holiday season. And so basically, you click on it, you see that there's 150 spots open, you probably should feel pretty good about having a parking spot, but if you see 20 or 30, depending on the time of day, you may want to make alternate ways to get to the airport."
There will also be a priority line to help those who are Pre-TSA and some other members to move more quickly through the screening line.
Bass says more people travel during the holidays, which can make for longer wait times and some frustration. "What we're seeing, and what we have seen for the last few years, is pretty exponential growth each year and when we built the terminal and we built the parking lot about ten years ago, we built for growth, but we're starting to see that we're meeting that capacity. We are expecting or anticipating to run out of parking spots."
Bass is also suggesting travelers arrive at the Redmond Airport two hours before their scheduled flight during the holiday season, instead of the more typical hour and an half.