Charlotte Douglas International Airport closed its East Hourly Parking Deck on Friday, eliminating the last opportunity to park close to the terminal -- at least, until late in 2014.
The East Hourly lot is scheduled for demolition next Friday. The West Hourly lot was closed last month, and crews are in the finishing stages of demolition work.
All of this is in preparation for construction of a $120 million seven-story facility for hourly parking and rental cars. That structure, scheduled for completion in November 2014, will have 4,000 public parking spaces on the top four floors. The bottom three levels will have 3,000 spaces for rental vehicles, plus check-in counters and a service area to wash and fuel the rental vehicles.
The hourly lots were popular with people to pick up passengers at the airport.
For the next 20 months, airport officials say, people who are picking up passengers are encouraged to use the Cell Phone lot, off the current rental car road. Motorists can use that lot, wait for a phone call from arriving passengers, and then drive to the front of the concourse’s lower level to pick up them up.
Or motorists can park in the Daily and Long Term lots, then take a shuttle bus to the terminal.