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City council to consider parking fee hike at Kelowna Airport

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November 15, 2018 - 2:12 PM

KELOWNA - Kelowna city council is being asked to increase parking fees at the airport effective Dec. 1 to deal with the continued growth.

A report going to council Monday, Nov. 19, says passenger numbers have increased so much that additional parking spaces will be needed soon, which adds both to construction and operational costs.

For the first 10 months of 2018, passenger usage of the airport was up 38 per cent over the same period five years ago in 2013.

The recommendation, if approved, will see fees at parking metres climb to $2 for 30 minutes from $1.75. An hour in the short-term parking lot will go up 25 cents to $2. The daily rate in the long-term parking lot will go to $14 from $12.

Parking fees have not been increased since April 1, 2014.

If approved, it will also cost more for security passes to cover off an increase in the number of cards being lost, damaged or not returned. Those increase go into effect Jan. 1 and some will quadruple.

Terminated employees, for example, who don’t turn in their security passes could be charged $100 instead of $25. Employees who lose or damage cards could have fees doubled, going to $100 for the first offence, $200 for the second and $300 for the third.

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