Fare Wars Creating Parking Crunch at Airport

Camille Au
Camille Au
Herb Schreiber
Herb Schreiber
Celine Israel
Celine Israel

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Drivers grab a ticket as they enter the parking lot, but that doesn't mean it will be easy to find a spot. Ask Camille Au.

"Today is very very crowded," said Au, who was dropping off her sister.

There're more than 17-hundred parking spots for inter-island flights.

It took Au a half hour just to find one.

"It's pretty bad today. I went to the big lot and they told me, take a chance but the lot is full. I took a chance and there's nothing," said Au.

Cars circle this lot several times.

It's a scene that's becoming all too familiar for Herb Schreiber.

"Now you're roving in the parking lot, waiting for one to leave," said Schreiber.

One reason parking stalls are scarce- cheaper inter-island air fares.

"More people are flying, tickets are actually cheap. The cheaper they are, the more they fly," explained Schreiber.

Airport officials agree parking is a challenge.

That's why go! Airlines set up shop at the commuter terminal instead of in the inter-island terminal.

Officials say they wanted to avoid more congestion at the parking lots and garages already used by Hawaiian and Aloha Airlines.

Today you had your choice of one of 434 spaces at the Commuter Terminal parking lot. But that could soon be a thing of the past.

"This commuter terminal parking lot is totally busy, especially on a weekend or holiday. I was lucky today," said Celine Israel, an airline employee.