Wilmington Airport adds shuttle service to remote lot

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The Delaware River and Bay Authority has added a parking shuttle from a more distant lot while adding a system that lists the number of available spots at its near-terminal lots.

The airport’s website lists the number of spaces available in the A and B lots near the terminal. That feature is not yet available for the C lot off Route 13 – the site of the long-departed Air Transport Command destination restaurant. Using the lot led to passengers toting luggage hundreds of yards to the terminal.

The DRBA recently launched shuttle bus service that will take passengers from Lot C to the terminal at around the time flights arrive or depart the airport.

Parking in the A and B lots is $9.50 a day, with the C rate at $7 a day. Lots are monitored by DRBA police.

Parking at the Philadelphia International Airport can run as high as $48 a day, with the economy lot coming in at $15 a day. Private lots offer lower rates and free shuttle service.

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Free parking is not available near the airport with the nearby inn posting a stern big-type notice on its DuPont Highway sign that vehicles parked illegally will be towed. Spaces at a nearby vacant restaurant are permit only and off limits are spaces at a medical business.

The DRBA reopened and upgraded the C lot after Avelo Airlines added service to upwards of 15 destinations, often with twice weekly flights. The lot dates back to a brief surge in Frontier Airlines traffic followed by the discouint carrier departing the Delaware airport. A second attempt by Frontier that ended last year, barely put a dent on the A lot.

A total of 820 spaces are available as well as a small number of spaces for a cell phone lot for those picking up passengers. With a large number of drop-offs, the capacity of the lots has not been tested. The airport will see fewer flights as seasonal service ends, with service to two additional destinations, San Juan, PR and Sarasota, FL coming in November.

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