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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008 3:56 am | Updated: 11:48 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Visitors and airline passengers at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport may soon be asked to pay $5 for overnight parking.

The airport authority at 9 a.m. Monday will consider the proposed parking fee that is expected to raise an estimated $292,000 in revenues annually. Motorists currently park for free at the airport.

"This fee, if implemented, will help us continue to provide the kind of service that passengers and visitors have come to expect, while helping the airport become self-supporting," said Lynn Kusy, executive director.

The $5 fee is the result of a study of prices charged at 11 Arizona airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Tucson International.

Of the 11, three are free.

However, rates at the other eight averaged $7.35, or $2.35 per day higher than the proposed $5 fee, Kusy said.

Sky Harbor in January increased the cost of parking in terminals from $20 per day to $25. Short-term parking at the Phoenix airport, which has more than 8,000 parking spots, is $1 for every 20 minutes, or $3 an hour. Economy parking in uncovered lots that require shuttle service to-and-from airport terminals is $10 a day.

If approved by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of representatives of Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Queen Creek and the Gila River Indian Community, the fee will be implemented in two steps.

On April 1, the $5 per night fee will go into effect. Later in the summer, short-term parking fees will be implemented at a cost of $1 per 30 minutes, not to exceed $5 per day. The first hour will remain free.

If approved American Valet will be awarded a contract to provide fee collectors at the airport parking gates until permanent entry and exit gates are installed, Kusy said. The airport budget for this year includes $325,000 to build a parking control system with automatic collections booths as well as $830,000 for expansion of terminal parking lots, traffic signals, crosswalks and drainage improvements.

There are 976 parking spaces available for passengers, visitors and employees and plans are also being considered to add 200 more spaces near the terminal.

The planned parking fees became an issue for consideration last October when Allegiant Air began flights to 12 out-of-state destinations and Vision Airlines later offered service to-and-from Las Vegas, which ended up increasing traffic at the terminal at 6033 S. Sossaman Road.

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