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    Eagle, Colorado 81631

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    Gypsum, Colorado 81637  

Commissioners to consider paid parking at airport

Contact: Greg Phillips, Aviation Director, 970-328-2860 or

March 12, 2015 - On Tuesday, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners will consider a contract that would bring a paid parking component to the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE). The discussion will take place during the board’s regular meeting on March 17, which begins at 10 a.m. Interested community members are encouraged to attend.

As proposed, the five-year management contract with Republic Parking would begin on June 1 and would include installation of self-pay kiosks at the airport terminal at Republic’s expense. The contract outlines tiered payment terms, with the highest tier paying 85 percent of gross revenue to the airport. Preliminary projections indicate paid parking revenues of at least $200,000 per year. There would be no cost to EGE to institute paid parking.

The proposed fee schedule is as follows:

  • First two hours of parking - free
  • Two unpaved lots within walking distance (474 spaces) - free
  • Long term lots (309 spaces) - $6/day
  • Short term lots (554 spaces) - $8/day

In addition, a variable rate long-term permit lot with 48 spaces would exist for individuals who wish to keep a car at the airport.

The topic of paid parking at the airport has been brought forth several times over the years as the facility has grown. Parking fees are the single largest non-aeronautical revenue source at most commercial airports and are typically used for maintenance and improvements not eligible for FAA capital funding. However, past opponents of paid parking have expressed concern that charges will disincentivize passengers from choosing the facility. EGE remains the only commercial airport in the state that does not charge for parking.

Funding for the airport comes from landing fees, rentals, concessions, passenger facility charges, and state and federal grants. While contributions from the county’s General Fund have been used to promote air service development, no local tax dollars are used for airport operations.

The contract with Republic Parking is available for review in advance of next week’s meeting at Those unable to attend may send comments to Aviation Director Greg Phillips at