St. Cloud Regional Airport raises parking fees

ST. CLOUD ― The St. Cloud Regional Airport will raise its daily parking rates from $5 to $7 per 24-hour period, effective Oct. 1.

The fee increase is designed to help maintain capacity in the parking lots during peak travel times, according to a press release.

“Demand for on-site parking exceeded capacity last spring when both Allegiant and Sun Country were operating flights from the airport,” Airport Authority Board Chair Brian Myres said in the release. “In anticipation of that same level of service this fall, we are hoping to manage some of the demand so we have space for travelers who aren’t able to make off-site parking arrangements."

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Passengers check in for the first Allegiant flight to Punta Gorda, Florida, in November 2017 at St. Cloud Regional Airport.
Passengers check in for the first Allegiant flight to Punta Gorda, Florida, in November 2017 at St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Short-term parking up to two hours for drop off and pick up at the airport will remain free, both in the paved and gravel overflow parking lots.

After decades with no charge to park, the airport launched a paid parking system in March.

It's one of the most visible operational changes since the airport was transferred to a regional authority. It had been operated by the City of St. Cloud until this year.

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Two credit card-only kiosks are available to make payments, one inside and one outside of the terminal. Users will need to provide their license plate number. Customers can also use the Parkmobile parking app instead of a kiosk.

The airport is the sixth-largest airport in Minnesota, following Minneapolis-St. Paul International, Rochester International, Duluth International, Bemidji Regional and Brainerd Lakes Regional.

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