Companies tour airport for opportunity to manage parking

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Amid the hustle and bustle of Charlotte-Douglas Airport on Wednesday, dozens of companies were touring the facilities.

"We're looking forward to the opportunity of partnering with the airport moving forward," said Alvin Turner with ParkTrans Solutions of Lynchburg, Va.

It's one of several dozen companies competing to manage parking at the airport.

"People don't come to park," Turner said. "It's a byproduct and you want to make it seamless."

The airport wants a new management company to be able to handle growth by doubling the number of cashier stations and minimizing customer wait times.

The current valet operator already offers car washes, detailing and oil changes to customers. The airport wants the new company to offer those services and more.

Pamela Brown works for Standard Parking, a Cleveland-based company.

"We're in 77 airports across the country, Chicago, Denver, Hartsfield-Jackson, and we run valet in eight of those airports," Brown said.

Many came with innovative ideas and plans to keep customers coming back.

George Rhyne wants to provide maintenance for airport vehicles and the public.

"It may be opportunities to partner with the airports in terms of bringing a facility on site," Rhyne said.

"Parking for anything must be forgettable, because they're not coming to park and we want people to be focused on that other reason," said Steve McLaurin, with McLaurin Parking Co. in Raleigh.

Applicants have a few more days to ask questions. They're expected to submit proposals by Jan. 24. The new company would start in July.

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