individually must identify the
formula that works best for them.
Parking needs to be viewed
as just one element in overall
ground access, stated InterVISTAS
Senior Vice President Gavin
Duncan. “Parking doesn’t operate
in a vacuum — it’s part of a large
network that includes TNCs, taxis,
buses and trains, as well as private
vehicles. Some parking executives
also look at just one aspect of
parking, like building a bigger
garage, but it’s critical to look at the
big picture in light of continually
changing transportation systems.
Parking needs to be treated like
a business, with an emphasis on
How will technology affect
the future of airport parking
operations? Mandle predicted that
travelers soon will see autonomous
buses, which are now being tested at
airports, followed by hands-off, self-
parking cars that insert themselves
into tight spaces after drivers,
passengers and baggage have been
unloaded. Also on the foreseeable
horizon are wayfinding systems
that communicate directly with
cars’ onboard navigation systems,
saving airports money on electronic
signage within a parking facility.
“Automated garages consisting
of robotic car trolleys or trays
are being used in some parking
applications, but I don’t see airports
using them anytime in the near
future,” Mandle added. “Mechanical
valets are not nearly fast enough
to meet the time demands of
If the advancements of the past
two decades are any indication, it
may be that travelers can’t imagine
what lies in store. In the case of
airport parking, perhaps the sky
truly is the limit.
Michele Ostrove is a contributing writer to
the International Parking Institute.
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