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Pease Airport to charge $7 a day for parking beginning January 1, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2019 passengers who park at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease will be charged $7 a day to do so.

The Pease Development Authority’s Board of Directors voted 6-0 at their most recent meeting to authorize PDA Executive Director David Mullen to implement the new parking fee.

Their vote marked the first time in their history that the PDA has charged any fee for people who park at the airport at Pease International Tradeport.

Board member Peter Loughlin noted during Friday’s meeting that the daily parking fee is “something we’ve talked about for a long time. We have to do it.”

He credited the PDA for what he called a well-run airport, but noted that with increasing number of people flying there are “a strain on the building” and a “strain on the staff.”

“We need to plan for the terminal expansion and other capital improvements,” Loughlin said. “It’s just a wise business decision to start charging for parking.”

PDA staff also said they would devise a system so people parking at the airport short-term – like the Pease Greeters – would not be charged a daily fee.

Board member Margaret Lamson agreed with Loughlin, calling the implementation of the new daily parking fee “important.”

Airport Director Paul Brean stated in a memo to Mullen if 25 percent of the airport’s more than 900 parking spots were full year round, the new fee will generate an annual revenue of $613,200.

Mullen previously described the $7 daily parking fee as a “nominal charge. We think it will create a significant income stream over time.

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