Eppley Airfield alerts travelers to parking crunch

Omaha airport tweeted a notice Wednesday morning
If you've been to Eppley Airfield you know it's tough to find a parking spot.
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 5:46 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - If you’ve been to Eppley Airfield recently, you know it’s been tough to find a parking spot.

Eppley blames it on high travel demand, tweeting about the issue on Wednesday morning:

In its short statement on social media, the airport authority warned flyers about “limited availability.” A look at FlyOMA.com around midday Wednesday provided some eye-popping numbers:

  • Premier-level parking had just 3% availability, meaning 569 spots had already been taken.
  • The south garage had merely 2% availability with more than 1,300 spots occupied and just 21 open as of Wednesday afternoon.
  • The north garage, however, had no availability; all 1,380 stalls were listed as occupied — nearly 2,000, if you include the rooftop.

Steve McCoy, chief information officer with the Omaha Airport Authority, told 6 News there are primarily two reasons for the parking crunch:

First, there’s been an increase in midweek business travelers, he said. And there has been a shift since the COVID-19 pandemic to flyers preferring to use the parking garages on-site rather than park in lots farther away from the airport.

The best advice if you are heading to the airport and want to park on-site: Try the south economy lot. where 2/3 of the lot is vacant. You will likely get a space there.