Changes will be evident starting Monday for people parking at Terminal 1-Lindbergh at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
First, general parking will be renamed “daily” parking, and short-term parking renamed “hourly.”
Also, the entrances for both are being consolidated into one plaza.
MSP explained that the name changes “better reflect the parking options available to customers.”
Hourly parking will be in the Gold Ramp on Level 3 and will become part of the terminal’s daily parking inventory. Signs will direct drivers to the new hourly spots in the Gold Ramp, where parking will be limited to 4 hours or less.
Other than the Gold Ramp, all spaces will be designated “daily” parking for customers with longer-term parking needs.
The new Terminal 1 entry plaza will have seven lanes. For oversized vehicles, the current entrance and signage remains unchanged.
“The changes at Terminal 1 will streamline the parking experience for travelers and simplify the entrance to the ramps,” said Atif Saeed, the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s assistant director for landside operations. “Soon we will also start construction on a new 5,000-parking space ramp at Terminal 1, and we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to improve people’s airport parking experience.”
The latest changes do not come with a price increase, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said Sunday.
Customers who park in the new ramp, priced at $293 million and scheduled to open in 2019, will take the existing tram between the Red and Blue ramps to the terminal.
Also as part of the project, the outbound road will be realigned and the exit moved to the east. The rental car facilities, now on levels 2 and 3 of the Red and Blue ramps, will move to the next ramp to free up spaces closer to the terminal.
Once the ramp opens, the airport will have about 29,000 on-site spaces.