Parking at Newark Airport is now cheaper after the end of the summer surcharge

In a year that has hit consumers with price hike after price hike, a strange thing has happened at Newark Liberty International Airport on Fridays: the drive-up rate for parking your car has dropped.

No, don’t pinch yourself. It is not a dream.

“Car boarding rates have declined,” said Port Authority spokeswoman Cheryl Ann Albiez.

After being increased earlier this summer, drive-up parking rates in Newark have gone from the old rate between $60 and $70, depending on the terrain, to a new rate between $40 and $65. The drive-up fare remained at $29 for parking on the “economy lot” farther.

Parking rates at the metro area’s three airports – Newark, LaGuardia and JFK – fell on Friday after the Authority canceled a surcharge for the summer period. This charge began on July 15 due to an increase in the number of travelers going to airports in private vehicles, putting a strain on parking facilities “at the airport”, the Authority said.

Officials have promised to review parking rates after the summer travel season ends.

To manage parking over the summer, Port Authority officials offered a break to travelers who had pre-booked parking 48 hours in advance on airport websites. They were charged at the old rate, thus avoiding the surcharge.

Drivers who book in advance will continue to receive a discounted price of $21 to $44 at Newark Airport, depending on the lot.

Passenger volume at the Authority’s airports is close to pre-COVID 2019 traffic levels. In July 2022, Port Authority airports handled a total of 12.2 million passengers, or 93% of July 2019 pre-pandemic volumes.

The airport’s passenger volume increased by 6% compared to June 2022, when the airport served 11.5 million passengers, the Authority reported in August.

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Larry Higgs can be reached at [email protected].

Lee J. Murillo