Airport businesses including parking operators and concessionaires have struggled with staffing shortages that have hampered their ability to ramp up operations from cutbacks made due to COVID-19.
Hartsfield-Jackson officials advise travelers to check the airport website at atl.com for parking lot availability and status.
The Atlanta airport previously had about 30,000 parking spaces at the domestic terminal, including about 8,000 park-ride spaces.
The parking crunch has been brewing for years, as the airport cut more than 1,000 parking spaces in the North economy lot in 2019 to clear space for construction of an extension of Concourse T, then closed the West economy lot to make way for Plane Train tunnel work.
To replace some of the parking displaced by construction, Hartsfield-Jackson earlier this year opened to the public the ATL West deck connected to the domestic terminal via SkyTrain, opening up 2,250 of its 5,000 spaces. It costs $14 a day to park there, in line with the cost of daily parking in the terminal decks. Economy parking in the lots next to the terminal decks costs $10 a day.
Other options used by thousands of travelers are privately run off-airport parking lots. Those lots, many of them located along Camp Creek Parkway near the airport, offer a variety of options, including some discounts and lower rates than airport-run lots.
Hartsfield-Jackson’s website lists 10 off-airport lots near the domestic terminal. The international terminal also has a nearby off-airport lot.
The airport seven years ago had planned to rebuild and expand the domestic terminal parking decks, doubling their size. But by February 2020 it had scrapped that plan due to the increased popularity of Uber and Lyft drop-offs at the airport.
Revenue from airport-run lots and decks was projected to decline to about $78 million this fiscal year ending June 30, down from $147.4 million in fiscal year 2019.