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ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S03-19 [New]

On-Line Airport Parking Reservation Systems
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

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Funds: $55,000
Staff Responsibility: Jordan Christensen
Research Agency: -----
Comments: In development
Fiscal Year: 2023

Airport Cooperative Research Program Synthesis Topic 23-03-19

On-Line Airport Parking Reservation Systems




Public parking is typically the largest source of non-aeronautical revenue at commercial airports of all sizes, generating more than $100 million annually at several U.S. airports, and often generating more than twice the revenues of in- terminal retail and restaurant concessions. In 2019 (i.e., prior to the downturn in air travel due to COVID-19), about 40% of the non-aeronautical revenues at primary U.S. airports came from parking. As a result, airport managers seek to manage and enhance parking revenues. One strategy to manage and enhance parking revenues is to use parking reservation systems such as those in place at many European and a few U.S. airports. These systems allow customers, using the internet, to reserve and pay for parking prior to their arrival at the airport. Such reservation systems are referred to as pre-reservation or on-line booking systems (OBS).


The objective of this synthesis is to describe the deployment of parking reservation systems and/or on-line booking systems, and describe the operational and financial results. The audience for this report  


Information to be described in a concise report includes (but is not limited to):

·       Additional revenue earned as a result of on-line booking

·       Capital costs and estimated operating expenses

·       Changes in market share or number of parkers resulting in the new system and other outcomes

·       Reasons airports considered on-Line parking reservation systems


Information will be collected through literature review, a survey of airports if applicable, and interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.


Partial Information Sources


ACRP Report 24, Guidebook for Evaluating Airport Parking Strategies and Supporting Technology, 2010. https://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/162823.aspx


ACRP Synthesis 118, Airport Parking Strategies, 2021. https://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/182793.aspx


Hauptmann, Alexander. Smart Parking at the Pittsburgh International Airport.  Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, 2019, 7p



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Jordan Christensen

Email: jchristensen@nas.edu


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