CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Yeager Airport Board is considering allocating more of its revenue from airport parking to the airport’s general budget next fiscal year in order to hold the price down for airlines that use Yeager.
The proposal would take the revenue contribution from parking from 20 percent to 25 percent. Airport Manager Rick Atkinson says that will make a difference.
“It will be about 250-thousand dollars more a year from the parking operations by increasing that by five percent,” Atkinson said.
Yeager went to more automated pay lanes at the airport’s parking garage recently. Atkinson says 80 percent of those parking there are using those automated lanes. He said four people who used to work parking recently retired and Yeager has not filled those positions.
“You don’t have to have health insurance on a credit card reader machine. You don’t have to pay them a salary. So it cut down on our costs,” he said.
Atkinson said attracting and keeping airlines is a very competitive business so it’s important to take revenue from other sources to keep those rates down.