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No parking at airport

Postby TylerM4 » Feb 14th, 2018, 12:08 pm

Be wary of parking when taking a flight out of YLW. Went to take a flight last week and there was absolutely no parking at the airport except in the dropoff/pickup only zones.

No spots in the short term area. Long term area blocked off completely with a "Lot closed" sign. Parking a few blocks away isn't an option when visiting the airport.

Spoke to the attendant blocking the entrance to the long term parking lot. "Where the heck am I supposed to park?" I asked - he threw his hands in the air and recommended I use the valet parking service. "Make it their problem" he said. Got the last spot in the valet parking area and cost me an extra $15 but at least we made our flight. Good thing we were extra early. Hope they expand the parking ASAP!

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Re: No parking at airport

Postby alfred2 » Feb 14th, 2018, 3:14 pm

TylerM4 wrote:Be wary of parking when taking a flight out of YLW. Went to take a flight last week and there was absolutely no parking at the airport except in the dropoff/pickup only zones.

No spots in the short term area. Long term area blocked off completely with a "Lot closed" sign. Parking a few blocks away isn't an option when visiting the airport.

Spoke to the attendant blocking the entrance to the long term parking lot. "Where the heck am I supposed to park?" I asked - he threw his hands in the air and recommended I use the valet parking service. "Make it their problem" he said. Got the last spot in the valet parking area and cost me an extra $15 but at least we made our flight. Good thing we were extra early. Hope they expand the parking ASAP!

take a cab, cost you less and no problem finding a parking spot. :200:
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Re: No parking at airport

Postby GordonH » Feb 14th, 2018, 4:05 pm

As the airport gets busier they may want to think about building up, instead of outwards i.e parkade

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Re: No parking at airport

Postby Dizzy1 » Feb 14th, 2018, 7:53 pm

GordonH wrote:As the airport gets busier they may want to think about building up, instead of outwards i.e parkade

They are.

According to the latest stats, they're predicting that they'll need an extra 400 stalls for peak days by 2025.
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Re: No parking at airport

Postby Dizzy1 » Feb 14th, 2018, 7:56 pm

TylerM4 wrote:Be wary of parking when taking a flight out of YLW. Went to take a flight last week and there was absolutely no parking at the airport except in the dropoff/pickup only zones.

I flew out last Wednesday - parked in the Long term lot - took me 2 minutes to find a spot along the fence by the entrance. There was lots of empty stalls along the east end of the long term.
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Re: No parking at airport

Postby GordonH » Feb 14th, 2018, 8:03 pm

TylerM4 wrote:Be wary of parking when taking a flight out of YLW. Went to take a flight last week and there was absolutely no parking at the airport except in the dropoff/pickup only zones.

Dizzy1 wrote:I flew out last Wednesday - parked in the Long term lot - took me 2 minutes to find a spot along the fence by the entrance. There was lots of empty stalls along the east end of the long term.


That wouldn't work as the OP said the entrance to long term was blocked with a sign "Lot closed"

Added: when I travel I don't take the risk of this happening so I pre-book a cab.
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Re: No parking at airport

Postby Dizzy1 » Feb 14th, 2018, 8:07 pm

GordonH wrote:
That wouldn't work as the OP said the entrance to long term was blocked with a sign "Lot closed"

No, I get that. Was just saying when I flew out that week, there was still lots of room in there. There's also an overflow parking long term lot on the other side of the old train tracks, along the highway.

February is a busy time for Sun Destinations - curious as to what day the OP flew out on.

Usually, during peak times (Christmas, etc.) I'll check YLW's FaceBook page for any advisories including parking.
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Re: No parking at airport

Postby GordonH » Feb 14th, 2018, 8:12 pm

GordonH wrote:That wouldn't work as the OP said the entrance to long term was blocked with a sign "Lot closed"

Dizzy1 wrote:No, I get that. Was just saying when I flew out the week, there was still lots of room in there. There's also an overflow parking long term lot on the other side of the old train tracks, along the highway.

February is a busy time for Sun Destinations - curious as to what day the OP flew out on.

Usually, during peak times (Christmas, etc.) I'll check YLW's FaceBook page for any advisories including parking.


I bypass all that & go straight for a pre-booked cab, drops me off near the door... done & hassle free.

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Re: No parking at airport

Postby Dizzy1 » Feb 14th, 2018, 8:13 pm

Just took a peek a boo on YLW's FB page ...

Kelowna International Airport - YLW
February 8 at 4:28pm ·
Parking Advisory: The long-term parking lot at YLW is now at capacity. Please follow the signs and parking attendants to the overflow parking lot.
Alternative transportation to the airport, like taxis and shuttles, is also encouraged: ylw.kelowna.ca/transportation


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Re: No parking at airport

Postby TylerM4 » Feb 14th, 2018, 8:55 pm

alfred2 wrote:take a cab, cost you less and no problem finding a parking spot. :200:


I wish. Cab would cost me at least double.

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Re: No parking at airport

Postby Always Sunny » Feb 14th, 2018, 10:21 pm

TylerM4 wrote:
alfred2 wrote:take a cab, cost you less and no problem finding a parking spot. :200:


I wish. Cab would cost me at least double.

A cab costs me $60+ each way (before tip) from the upper mission. The max weekly rate is $62. Only works to my benefit if I’m gone minimum 2 weeks.
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Re: No parking at airport

Postby kumazatheef » Feb 14th, 2018, 10:26 pm

Business opportunity for someone to do "Park 'n Fly" ??

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Re: No parking at airport

Postby Dizzy1 » Feb 15th, 2018, 8:17 pm

kumazatheef wrote:Business opportunity for someone to do "Park 'n Fly" ??

Well, in order to make it successful, you'd have to offer a significant price drop than at the airport itself to make it attractive (seeing that full lots only happen a couple of weeks a year). So, unless the lot is full (which is rare), why would one want to park farther away and rely on a shuttle unless there is a significant savings? You'd have to run a shuttle every 15-20 minutes 24/7 - so given how far away the proposed lot would be - you'd need a few shuttles for sure.

Realistically, it wouldn't work - there'd be no to very little profit in it.
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