The Colorado Springs Airport will offer discounted parking again this year for holiday travelers, although the deal won't be quite as good as in past years.
From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, travelers will get 50 percent off the airport's long-term parking rates of $1 per hour or a maximum of $6 per day.
Travelers must claim an online coupon to obtain the discount. Coupons will be available starting Tuesday at www.flycos.com; the coupons can be redeemed at the airport's parking toll booths as travelers exit the facility.
The discounted parking program, launched a few years ago, has been going up in price.
In 2015, the airport offered free holiday parking for both short- and long-term parking. Last year, the airport charged $1 a day and limited the discount to long-term parking.
This year's half-off parking program is designed to continue to offer travelers a healthy discount for holiday travelers - something not all airports offer, City Aviation Director Greg Phillips said Friday.
The airport operates on its own revenues and doesn't receive taxpayer dollars from the city's general fund budget. Revenue from parking, airline landing fees and other sources goes back into the airport's day-to-day operations.
When free holiday parking was offered two years ago, the airport lost about $800,000 in revenue, Phillips said. This year's half-off promotion will result in an estimated loss of $200,000 to $250,000 in potential parking revenue, he said.
"We think it's a fair deal," Phillips said of this year's program. "It's not as great as free or $1 (a day), but we think it's fair."
Parking revenues, he added, "continue to improve the airport and provide for the airport. That money isn't going into anybody's pocket."
The 50-percent off parking promotion likely will continue over the next several years, he said.
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