Fairbanks airport cracking down on illegal parking ahead of record travel season

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:50 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks International Airport is cracking down on drivers parking on the concourse, in the arrival and departure areas in front of the airport. With a record number of passengers expected at the airport this year, the police department is stepping up enforcement of its no-parking rule.

Drivers are only allowed to stop for active loading and unloading of passengers. The airport says if they aren’t on the sidewalk with their bags, you shouldn’t be either.

For drivers who do want to wait, the airport offers 30 minutes of free parking in the long and short term parking areas, or a cell phone lot at the end of the concourse where drivers can wait for their passengers. Fairbanks International Airport Police and Fire Deputy Chief, Roger Stevener, said that they encourage people to use the free parking.

“There is generally speaking ample parking in the short term and long term parking lots. The cell phone lot that was set aside last year is drastically under utilized by the public and we would like to see that utilized a lot more to relieve the congestion on the concourse,” Stevener said.

Drivers who leave their vehicles unattended will receive a $70 fine. Stevener said that for the most part there are no exceptions, but for people needing help to unload handicapped individuals they can leave their vehicle while they bring them into the terminal but then they need to return and park before helping them further. He said that if you are just waiting but still in your car you will be asked to park in the cell phone lot or drive around but not allowed to wait.

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